Southwest producers waiting up to ‘600 days’ for drought help
LOAN applications that could be helping producers in southwest Queensland during the toughest drought in living memory are falling on deaf ears according to Katter’s Australia Party.
The KAP is advocating for a Regional Development Bank as the Federal LNP Government’s Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loans scheme is failing in their eyes.
Bob Katter and KAP Warrego candidate Rick Gurnett are on the road for their three day drought tour through Dalby, St George, Roma and Charleville this week, speaking to producers about this issue.
Mr Gurnett said cattle producers like himself are saying processing times for these loans are exceeding past twelve months in some cases.
“Andrew Weidemann from Grain Producers Australia told Ben Dobbin that one case took over six hundred days to process,” he said.
“That is simply just not good enough and a heartbreaking reality for many producers.”
Mr Katter said the KAP is happy to work with the Federal Government to fix the RIC loans, but should co-operation not work, their party will be demanding a Regional Development Bank.
“It’s just over twelve months since I went on my drought tour with Pauline Hanson through this same region, and everyone said loudly and clearly that they believed they did not have an effective drought policy,” he said
“They still don’t.
“The burden of government imposts such as electricity, rates, land rents, SunWater charges, insurance and stamp duty, must be taken off producers who are struggling due to the prolonged drought.”