Farmers who have been impacted by this summer’s bushfires on the Sunshine Coast now have access to grants of up to $75,000 to assist with their bushfire recovery.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said that the grants would be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

“Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our tireless local firefighters and other emergency service personnel, the Sunshine Coast has not suffered the same comprehensive devastation as some regions of the country so far this summer. Nonetheless there are farmers in our community doing it tough and picking up the pieces after our region’s bushfires. These grants are going to provide a much needed helping hand clearing the damage, replacing buildings and fencing, salvaging crops of treating livestock.” Mr Wallace said.

“I encourage any affected farmers in our region to contact the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority today to see what help is available.” he said.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the grants would help impacted farmers get their businesses and livelihoods back on track.

“These fires came on the back of prolonged drought and have been a devastating blow to farmers that have held on for so long,

“Helping farmers get back on their feet also helps communities get back on theirs.

“We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with impacted communities to ensure they receive the best possible support.”

For more information on the eligibility for primary producer grants contact the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or visit https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/bushfires/primary-producers

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