The sun may be shining now, but some Scenic Rim growers had a challenging start to 2018.
Summer storms led to crop and equipment damage and heavily impacted some businesses which were still recovering from the impact of the after-effects of Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
Growcom and the Scenic Rim Regional Council encourage growers to prepare for the likelihood of summer storms and remain vigilant and use the services available for preparation and recovery.
The Scenic Rim Council’s new Disaster Dashboard is now operational and is a simple electronic tool which communicates correct, up-to-date, timely information about emergencies impacting the region.
For weather warnings, road conditions and emergency information visit the Disaster Dashboard.
In the wake of the bad weather a number of industry bodies have sought to assist growers:
- Industry body, Growcom, has joined calls by the QLD Farmers’ Federation (QFF) to abolish stamp duty on agricultural insurance in QLD, a move they say would help mitigate the impact of natural disasters.
- Growcom and QFF have secured funds to deliver the Cyclone Debbie Agricultural Recovery and Resilience project to growers in impacted regions.
- Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA), held a number of sessions for local producers who were affected by associated rainfall and flooding following severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie. These sessions allow QRIDA to speak to affected primary producers in the Scenic Rim, to assist eligible producers in their application under the Natural Disaster Recovery Grants Scheme and the Natural Disaster Loan Schemes.
For further information and assistance please contact:
Scenic Rim Regional Council Disaster Management Coordinator Alisa Totenhofer on 07 5540 5111
Growcom Industry Recovery and Resilience Officer Lene Knudsen on 0429 000 179 or visit the Growcom website