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Category C (Special Disaster) assistance

The Federal and State Governments have announced that specific districts within the Bundaberg Regional Council area affected by the rainfall event 16-19 October have Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) assistance in place.  This means that growers are able to apply for Category C assistance as well as the Category B loans up to $250,000.

What assistance is available?

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to assist eligible primary producers as follows:

  • Initial grant: up to $5,000 to assist you with immediate recovery
  • Subsequent grant: up to $20,000 to recover costs that you have paid in order to repair direct flood damage.

Assistance under this scheme is not intended to compensate for loss of income, or to replant crops lost in the rainfall event. 

How can the assistance help you?

The assistance enables you to cover the costs associated with cleaning and restoration activities including:

  • purchasing, hiring or leasing plant, equipment or materials to clean up or resume business activities
  • clearing or disposing of debris and damaged goods or injured or dead livestock
  • repairing buildings or essential fittings in buildings other than houses
  • repairing or reconditioning essential plant or equipment
  • repairing roads, fences and dams and other essential infrastructure
  • repairing or restoring fields
  • purchasing fodder or salvaging crops or feed for livestock
  • replacing lost or damaged stock (other than livestock)
  • maintain the health of livestock or poultry
  • engaging a person to clean or conduct a safety inspection of premises
  • paying additional wages to an employee to assist with the clean-up and restoration work.

Eligible areas

The majority of the sugarcane growing areas supplying Bundaberg Sugar Mills are eligible to apply for Category C assistance, however there are a few growers on the western side of the Bruce Highway up towards Gin Gin and Wallaville who may not be eligible. If you have any questions please contact Matt Leighton on 4151 2555.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the grant you must:

  • be a primary producer
  • have been engaged in your primary production enterprise, in the rainfall and flooding event 16 - 19 October 2017 disaster area and have suffered direct damage as a result of the event
  • intend to re-establish your primary production enterprise
  • be responsible for meeting the costs you are claiming.

Primary producers in the areas above that have suffered direct damage and who have generated more than 50 per cent of their income from their businesses are eligible to apply. You do not need to be directly affected by floodwater to be eligible for this assistance.

If you are leasing a property that has been affected by the flood event please contact Matt Leighton on 4151 2555 to assist you with your application.

Grant guidelines and application forms are available on the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) website (www.qrida.qld.gov.au) as well as from reception at Bundaberg CANEGROWERS.

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The “Smartcane BMP” Program is an opportunity for sugarcane growers throughout the state to showcase their farming practices. Smartcane BMP Facilitators in your local CANEGROWERS office are available to assist growers to register on the Smartcane BMP website and to complete assessment questionnaires about various aspects of their farming practices. Growers who have registered on Smartcane BMP and completed the assessments are invited to seek assistance from their local facilitator to achieve Smartcane BMP accreditation. Facilitated training and assistance sessions are held at CANEGROWERS office each Thursday morning. For further details on the Smartcane BMP Program click here.


CANEGROWERS Insurance Scheme  - owned by growers, working for growers, was commenced in 2012 to look after our members’ insurance needs. Wide Bay Authorised Representative Colin Mobbs has extensive experience in looking after the insurance needs of the rural sector and has assisted many of our members to ensure that their insurance cover is tailored to their requirements. Col provides a personalised on-farm service to growers, primarily servicing CGU’s Canepol insurance policies. He also has access to a broad range of other insurance products and alternative underwriters so that appropriate insurance cover can be obtained for all aspects of members’ businesses at the best price.

To contact Col to discuss your insurance needs call 4151 2555 or on mobile on 0418 891 783.


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Our Goals are to provide an effective and efficient service through a focus on growers' key concerns within a changing environment. To maximise grower and industry proceeds by marketing current and future sugar production through a structure that is transparent and accountable to the industry. To ensure that industry growth is managed and market driven within a sustainable sugar industry. To ensure environmentally and financially sustainable production through managing and coordinating inputs and resources.

Our Vision is to ensure a secure and profitable future for Bundaberg cane growers.


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As at: Mon, December 18, 2017 - 9:50 PM
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Pressure: 1014.2hpa
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