Government defers rent for cyclone-affected

PRODUCERS, tourism operators and businesses leasing state government land in cyclone-affected areas will not have to pay rent until the end of June.

An announcement from Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said quarterly rent payments, which would be due next month, would not need to be paid until June 30.

He said this applied to all lease types and instalment payments of landholders with a freeholding lease in natural disaster-declared local government areas in central Queensland.

This includes Rockhampton, Livingstone and Banana.

Dr Lynham said the cyclone had directly impacted about 280 leaseholders in the region.

"Many leaseholders of state land in these affected areas will be doing it tough financially as they struggle to recover from property damage, loss of income and businesses including crops and livestock," he said.

Leaseholders who believe they may be eligible are asked to contact their nearest Natural Resources and Mines Department office.

- APN NEWSDESK



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