More relief supports farmers’ drought recovery
Thousands of drought-affected Queensland farmers will get more relief from state fees and land rents.
Nearly 15,000 drought-affected Queensland farmers will save up to $2.2 million in annual water licence fees over two years.
And more than 8500 Queensland farmers and businesses will have an extra year before having to pay their state land rent, and half could also receive a discount.
Queensland farmers are doing it tough, with bushfires, COVID-19 and around two thirds of Queensland still drought-declared, and the relief measures will be a further help farmers rebuild and supporting jobs in Queensland's agriculture industry.
The annual water licence fee waiver for 2020-21 and 2021-22, continues the Queensland Government's existing commitment to waive fees in drought-declared areas for the current 2019-20 financial year.
The 8594 grazing and primary production lessees that will have their state rent deferred for the new financial year, includes cattle and pig farmers, and cane, fruit, flower and vegetable growers across 45 fully and partly drought declared local government areas.
Almost 4000 of those same lessees would also be eligible for a further rebate of up to 18 per cent on their rent.
Those eligible for the rebate will receive information with their rent deferral notification later this year.
Lessees don’t need to apply and won’t have to pay the deferred rent until the second half of 2021, with invoices to be sent after 1 July 2021.
To learn more visit (please note that 2020-2021 information will update 1 July 2020): https://www.dnrme.qld.gov.au/home/about-us/support-assistance/drought-declared-areas
Last updated 29 June 2020