NAB aim to provide crucial support
FOR farmers who have been left devastated by the flood disaster in the region, the good news is more help is on the way.
Bruce McConnel, Agribusiness Manager at National Australia Bank (NAB) Gatton and Greg Brown, the Regional Agribusiness Manager for NAB have made their resources available.
“The main message is to support the agricultural sector in this time,” Mr McConnel said of the Gatton branch.
“The devastating event that has swept through the Lockyer Valley has left many primary producers reeling and trying to pick up the pieces before planting season.”
“Mr Brown has traversed the south east of the state visiting flood affected regions and offering guidance and support on many levels.
“The community must know NAB is here to support them as we have been doing for more than 150 years,” he said.
“We are here for the long-term in agriculture and we need to encourage people affected by the floods to get in touch with us to discuss assistance.
“Talk to us and be honest and upfront about your situation.”
Mr McConnel also said professional counsellors were available free-of-charge at the Gatton branch for the next three weeks.
“NAB customers unable to visit the Gatton branch can organise counselling by phoning 1300 360 364.
“There is a lot of work to be done over the next few years, the big thing to know is ‘yes, we are here to listen',” he said.
NAB has dedicated teams in place to discuss financial assistance for customers by calling NAB Care on 1800 701 599 or 1300 961 577 for small business customers.
Impacted agribusiness customers can find out more information about contacts to assist them by calling Bruce on 5466 2266.
The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA) is another available service, currently offering grants of up to $25,000 to assist eligible primary producers as follows:
Initial claim: up to $5000 to assist you with immediate early recovery (subject to future QRAA audit)/
Subsequent claim: up to $20,000 to recover costs that you have paid in order to repair direct flood damage.
Assistance under this scheme is not intended to compensate for loss of income.
NAB Agribusiness will help by offering a number of financial support measures including special provisions to restructure lending facilities.
They insist this extra support will last for as long as the impact is felt in the region.
“Hopefully this will give some comfort to farmers regarding the level of support available from both the bank and the various levels of Government,” Mr McConnel said.
Further to NAB's support, Doug Johnstone, DPI Farm Financial Counsellor, based in Gatton is available for further assistance and can be contacted on 0409 633 087 for further information.
LENDING A HAND: Greg Brown (left), NAB Regional Agribusiness Manager, SE Qld, Calvin Zischke, CJZ Farms and Bruce McConnel (right), NAB Agribusiness Manager, Gatton inspecting broken pipes on the Zischke's farm at Lower Tenthill.