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DRFA ACTIVATION SUMMARY - Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, 07 - 10 January 2022 

The Premier and Prime Minister have approved the extension of the jointly funded Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for the event: EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE SETH, 07 - 10 JANUARY 2022

The area defined for receipt of DRFA relief measures is “Communities within the Wide Bay and Burnett affected by heavy rainfall and flooding, 07 – 10 January 2022”.

The following relief measures have been activated:

  • Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants for Not-for-Profit Organisations; and
  • Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants for Primary Producers; and
  • Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants for Small Businesses for:
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
Details of the DRFA assistance measures, and the local government areas activated for this event, are provided in the Activation Summary.


Full time

Bundaberg CANEGROWERS provides representation, leadership and services and promotes unity in the interest of members and we are seeking a Receptionist/Administration Assistant to join our team.

Position Overview

To provide reception and administration support to Bundaberg CANEGROWERS Ltd.


Duties of this position include:

  • Provide courteous and efficient client/customer service
  • Computer systems support and website maintenance
  • Board and administrative meeting preparation
  • Process and record all inwards and outwards mail
  • Maintain membership records
  • Provide assistance to Manager and Executive Officer
  • Maintain an effective filing and archiving system
  • Producing and distributing newsletters, flyers, meeting notices, etc
  • Produce meeting slideshows, graphs, spreadsheets etc.
  • Assist with insurance and payroll preparation
  • General Office Duties

Skills Requirements

The successful applicant will possess the following skills:

  • Experience in a similar role
  • Sound computer skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications
  • Able to work as part of a professional team
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent customer relation skills
  • Able to work unsupervised

Ideally, the successful applicant will also possess the following skills:

  • Experience with insurance administration
  • Experience with payroll administration

Selection Criteria

  1. Good customer service skills
  2. Proven computer literacy skills
  3. Ability to work as part of a team, work unsupervised and meet deadlines
  4. Willingness to learn and gain further skills
  5. Knowledge of general office skills
  6. Completion of Year 12 studies and/or relevant TAFE training.

The successful applicant will form an integral part of the Bundaberg CANEGROWERS team, performing a broad range of administrative duties and offering support to the Manager and Executive Officer.

Applications with resume to be sent to the Manager, Bundaberg CANEGROWERS by COB on 31 January by emailing: bdb_office@bdbcanegrowers.com.au.


Please be advised that Cat C Funding is now available for the Bundaberg region to support recovery efforts for those producers impacted by the 2021 November rain event. Primary Producer’s can now access up to $50 000 grant funding (Initial application of $10 000 and subsequent application of up to $40 000) to support clean up/recovery efforts on farm. Images and evidence of work undertaken on their property will need to be provided to support applications. Eligible clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures include:

  • Equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
  • Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure i.e. day-to-day staffing)
  • Disposing of damaged goods and injured or dead livestock, including associated costs
  • Repairs to buildings (other than housing)
  • Fencing not covered by any other assistance
  • Reconditioning/ repairing essential plant and equipment
  • Salvaging crops, grain and feeds
  • Purchase or hire/ lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business
  • Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
  • Essential repairs to premises and internal fittings that is not covered by insurance.

Unfortunately this money cannot be used to replant lost crops. QRIDA will be managing these applications, I have attached the application form and guidelines FYI. Please also see link below to their website for further information and frequently asked questions.

Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants - Central, Southern and Western Queensland Rainfall and Flooding | Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (qrida.qld.gov.au)

If you are unsure or want assistance with completing the paperwork please give Matthew Leighton a call to arrange a time to meet.

Application Form



Rotary Drought Relief Assistance

Rotary is providing this assistance for Drought affected areas, with the purpose of providing support to the Rural Industry, as well as providing support for your Local Businesses.

Applications close end of May 2022. 

If you wish to apply, please contact the office on 4151 2555.

Program contact - rod.medew@rotary9560.org

Community Drought Support Funding

This is funding is from Department of Communities.

Round 2 will open shortly and there is only a limited amount of funds, funding is based on a first in, first served basis and payment is not guaranteed.

If you wish to apply, please call the office on 4151 2555.

Program contact - kath.clarke@rfcssq.org.au

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information 

Your health is our priority as we deal with the coronavirus and together we will get through this. It is crucial that people continue to listen to the advice from our medical professionals when it comes to social distancing and hygiene.

Below are phone numbers and websites which might be useful if you’re looking for information:

And please remember, stay 1.5 metres away from others, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face, ensure you cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and if you are sick, please stay at home.


CANEGROWERS Insurance Scheme  - owned by growers, working for growers, was commenced in 2012 to look after our members’ insurance needs. Wide Bay Authorised Representative Ray Goodwin 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. Ray 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 Ray to discuss your insurance needs call 4151 2555 or on mobile on 0418 891 783.


Our Mission is to provide representation, leadership and services and promote unity in the interest of growers.

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.