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DP O’Keefe Macquarie Law is a legal office in Dubbo NSW Australia.

Dan O’Keefe is an experienced solicitor, accredited business law specialist, mediator and notary public.

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We wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

We will close on Friday 21 December, 2018 at noon and re-open on Monday 7 January, 2019 at 9.00 am.

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Summer disastersSummer in Australia - its not all at the beach or around the pool

The song lyrics refer to, "sitting on the patio ... the night-time sweats ... this is Australia". With droughts and flooding rains Summer can also bring bushfires and storms. These can wreak havoc for people. For a businesses these events can be devasting too.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers some help for businesses trying to survive a natural disaster (see).

Some emergency management ideas are also provided by business.gov.au (see).

Agricultural lending data for 2016-17 and other interesting reading

Ag lending data coverThe Agricultural Lending Data 2016-17 report has been released on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website. The data collection for the report was undertaken by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and includes the generally good 2016 year. The forward to the report says:-

"The Agricultural Lending Data 2016–17 report provides proof of the strength of Australian agriculture and the robustness of lending to the sector. In 2016–17 banks had more than $70 billion in lending with the agriculture sector—a strong indicator the finance industry is viewing farming as a long-term profitable investment. During this same period, agricultural production exceeded $60 billion for the first time and farm exports hit $49 billion. Agriculture is in a strong position, but its ongoing success and global competitiveness is contingent on access to capital—from both traditional and non-traditional sources. For its part, the Australian Government supports the use of both sources of capital."

(Agricultural Lending Data 2016-17)

(See also The Current Rural Environment report by Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority)

(See also Deluge and Drought: Australia's Water Security in a Changing Climate published by the Climate Council of Australia Ltd)

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