The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has launched a new website farmerdisastersupport.org.au designed to assist Queensland farmers and primary producers with simplified and localised support during natural disasters and drought.
The website is built by industry for industry. It presents the full cross-section of postcode specific financial and social wellbeing support available to farmers and primary producers. It will benefit our member organisations and the entire Queensland agriculture sector.
QFF CEO Ruth Wade said the website allows farmers and primary producers to input their postcode, select their industry and then see results and services specific to their local area which prioritises on-farm and industry specific advice and support.
“It can often be confusing and overwhelming when trying to access assistance during drought and natural disasters. Much of the assistance on offer comes from a variety of organisations and different levels of government and these can often be difficult to navigate,”
“What this website is designed to do is collate all these services and support networks into an easily negotiable, up to data set of localised results.”
“QFF has worked closely with the Queensland Government and its industry member organisations to ensure we have delivered a service that will help everyday farmers access the support that is available to them,”
“In Queensland we have had a long association with cyclones, floods and of course drought with many farmers having to endure one event after another,”
Farmerdisastersupport.org.au was constructed through funding from Queensland Government’s Minister Shannon Fentiman’s Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services.
Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman congratulated the QFF on producing a useful new resource to help farmers access information easily in the midst of a disaster or to plan for the future.
“Queensland farmers are the cornerstone of our state which is why it is particularly important that we support them in crisis situations to make sure they can get back on their feet.”
Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson also commended QFF for developing this fantastic resource.
“During this record drought we have expanded financial and other assistance beyond farm business support to help farming families and farm communities.”
“This project has been funded from the Queensland Government’s Communities Assistance package and provides a handy central source to access the range of organisations providing assistance.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of 16 of Queensland’s peak rural industry organisations, which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 primary producers across Queensland.