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Panama disease tropical race 4

This information is for far north Queensland communities affected by Panama disease tropical race 4.

The disease poses a serious threat to Queensland's banana industry. External symptoms of the disease include leaf yellowing, wilting of leaves and stem splitting.

Contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 immediately if you suspect the disease on your plants.

For more information about the disease visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

Assistance available

It is normal for families and individuals to experience a range of reactions to unexpected events including disasters, job loss and changing circumstances. For some, financial loss may mean seeking income support, for others it could mean revising retirement plans or changing spending priorities. Regardless of the situation, distress is a common and natural response to unexpected events.

Find below a range of local and general community support services available to individuals and their families experiencing financial, social or emotional hardship as a result of an unexpected event of changed work or other circumstances.

You can also download the brochure containing these support contacts.

Government and council services

Small business and primary producer information and assistance

  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - phone 13 25 23

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

  • Far North Queensland regional office - phone (07) 4036 5522
  • Child Safety general enquiries - phone 1800 811 810
  • Disability Services general enquiries - phone 1800 177 120

Centrelink

  • Farmers Assistance Hotline - phone 13 23 16
  • Employment Service and Job Network - phone 13 28 50
  • Financial Information Service - phone 13 63 57
  • Family Assistance Office - phone 13 61 50

Local governments

  • Cook Shire Council - phone (07) 4069 5444
  • Cairns Regional Council - phone (07) 4044 3044
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council - phone 1300 763 903
  • Mareeba Shire Council - phone 1300 308 461
  • Tablelands Regional Council - phone 1300 362 242

Personal and emotional support

Local support and advisory services

  • Tully Support Centre - phone (07) 4068 1004
  • Community Support Centre Innisfail - phone (07) 4043 8400
  • Mareeba Information and Support Centre - phone (07) 4092 1948
  • Tablelands Counselling and Support Service - phone (07) 4092 6899
  • St Vincent de Paul Society - phone (07) 4033 8333 (9am to midday)
  • Hambledon House Edmonton - phone (07) 4044 3410
  • Cooktown District Community Centre - phone (07) 4069 6098

Help lines and general community support

  • Lifeline telephone counselling - phone 13 11 14
  • beyondblue Information Line - phone 1300 224 636
  • DV Connect - phone 1800 811 811
  • Kids Helpline - phone 1800 551 800
  • MensLine Australia - phone 1300 789 978
  • Parentline - phone 1300 301 300
  • Relationships Australia - phone 1300 364 277

Community mental health

(Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm)

  • Tully - phone (07) 4068 4111
  • Innisfail - phone (07) 4016 1327
  • Mareeba - phone (07) 4092 9171

Outside above times

  • Tully Hospital - phone (07) 4068 4144
  • Innisfail Hospital - phone (07) 4016 1411
  • Mareeba Hospital - phone (07) 4092 9333

or phone Cairns Hospital on (07) 4226 0000 and ask for Psych Registrar on call (available until 10pm weeknights and 8pm weekends). In an emergency call 000 (triple zero).

Other services

Industry representation and advocacy

  • Australian Banana Growers’ Council - phone (07) 3278 4786

Financial counselling

  • Lifeline Financial First Aid line - phone 1800 007 007

Interpreter services

  • Auslan Interpreter - phone 1300 123 752
  • Translating and Interpreting Service - phone 13 14 50

Legal and advocacy services

  • Legal Aid Queensland - phone 1300 651 188

Workplace services

  • Employment Services Information - phone 13 62 68
  • Fair Work Infoline - phone 13 13 94

Contact

Biosecurity Queensland: phone 13 25 23 (cost of a local call within Queensland) or 07 3404 6999 (8am to 5pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 5pm Thursday)

Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: phone 1800 084 881

Email: callweb@daf.qld.gov.au

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Community Support Services

Download the following brochure to access a range of local and general community support services available if you have been affected by Panama disease tropical race 4:

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Last updated:
17 March 2017

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