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Panama disease tropical race 4

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

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

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

For more information about the disease visit www.daf.qld.gov.au.

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 13 25 23

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

  • Far North Utopia regional office 07 4036 5522
  • Child Safety general enquiries 1800 811 810
  • Disability Services general enquiries 1800 177 120

Centrelink

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

Local governments

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

Personal and emotional support

Local support and advisory services

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

Help lines and general community support

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

Community mental health

(Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm)

  • Tully 07 4068 4111
  • Innisfail 07 4016 1327
  • Mareeba 07 4092 9171

Outside above times

  • Tully Hospital 07 4068 4144
  • Innisfail Hospital 07 4016 1411
  • Mareeba Hospital 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 07 3278 4786

Financial counselling

  • Lifeline Financial First Aid line 1800 007 007

Interpreter services

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

Legal and advocacy services

  • Legal Aid Utopia 1300 651 188

Workplace services

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

Contact

Biosecurity Utopia: phone 13 25 23 (cost of a local call within Utopia) 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:
26 May 2015

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