WHAT ABOUT US: Tropical Pines managing director Derek Lightfoot says the region’s farmers have missed out.
WHAT ABOUT US: Tropical Pines managing director Derek Lightfoot says the region’s farmers have missed out. Contributed

Region’s farmers left high and dry without Marcia funding

THEIR sweet dream of a fresh start has turned into a sour reality.

Capricorn Coast farmers and primary producers yesterday expressed their frustrations after missing out on Category D funding.

Earlier this week the Abbott government announced $30million would be shared across the Rockhampton, Livingstone and Banana shires.

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Tropical Pines' boss Derek Lightfoot told The Morning Bulletin yesterday not one farmer was likely to see Category D funding.

That's despite their "comprehensive" package to the Federal Government detailing how produce growers, graziers, nursery business owners, horticulturalists and other agricultural stakeholders were suffering production losses and damages of up to $20million.

Category D funding

$750K: For the industry recovery support program proposed as part of the agriculture recovery package - industry recovery officers only

$7M: $1M for green waste clean-up, $6M for clean-up and restoration of National Parks, beaches, recreational assets

$20M: For local govt assets only; funding for building incremental resilience into impacted roads, public assets

Mr Lightfoot was in charge of supplying all the information the State Government needed for the agriculture recovery package submission to the Federal Government.

He said he was unsure about what the $750,000, allocated for an "industry recovery support program", was for.

"We felt we had a very strong case for Category D funding but we are very disappointed that there is considerably less funding than what we applied for," Mr Lightfoot said.

"The nurseries in Bungundarra and Byfield were very badly damaged... trees, crops and other vegetation were flattened and growers have only just got back onto their feet this month."



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