Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud announced $12 million in Recovery and Resillience grants for 14 LGAs hit hardest by the 2019 North Queensland floods. The funding will allow councils to invest in projects that local communities had decided were priorities for their futures.
With an eye to increasing their revenue stream, cane growers in the Burdekin and Hinchinbrook shires have started incorporating other crops into their rotation.
Burdekin canegrower Allan Milan, who’s on the Agency’s North East Implementation Working Group, said it’s meant a win-win for his business. Further north, Stephen Accornero complements his cane rotations with rice, corn and soybeans with similar success.
We’ve been very concerned about the havoc caused by large grasshopper numbers across North-West Queensland, which is taking its toll on people who have already been through the 2019 North Queensland flood event and endless years of drought.
As these scenes from Winton show, pasture that had started to recover nicely has been virtually destroyed. Without good pasture to support livestock, people aren’t able to get back on their feet and the region’s long-term recovery is hampered.
Data is a businessperson’s friend. With the right information, you can monitor and evaluate trends over time, track income against expenses, and assess which decisions reaped the greatest benefits.
During our ongoing discussions with people affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood event, there is much talk about the merits of supporting businesses to make better use of data so they can respond to opportunities and threats, and be in a better position to apply for grants and loans.
Grants are a great way to fund much-needed local infrastructure, events and other activities, and there’s a range of grants available for communities recovering from the 2019 North Queensland flood event and living through the ongoing drought.
A well written application can made a huge difference to your chances – and to your community – but applying can be daunting if you haven’t had much experience.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud announced the opening of the $15 million grants program for improving connectivity and energy supply in North Queensland. The grants program is aimed at giving communities in North Queensland more affordable and reliable internet, phone and electricity.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud announced the opening of Round 1 of the $9 million North Queensland Economic Diversification Grants program. The program is designed to support the region's ongoing recovery and resilience through grants that diversify existing industries and start new ones.
During the extensive consultations Agency staff undertook with communities affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood event, we were often told that reliable and resilient connectivity and electricity are critical to assist ongoing recovery, support businesses and families, and to help communities better prepare for future natural disasters.
Diverse, strong local economies help communities thrive and steel them against the economic impact of future challenges, including natural disasters. Towns that offer greater employment options and a greater range of services are also more likely to attract people to stay and raise a family.
Projects that lead to more jobs in the 14 Local Government Areas hardest hit by the 2019 North Queensland Monsoon Trough could receive grants of up to $500,000 under an Australian Government-funded program that supports the region’s ongoing recovery and resilience.
Under Round 1 of the $9 million North Queensland Economic Diversification Grants program, grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 are available for projects that diversify existing industries and start new ones.