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In-Drought Support for Farmers in NW NSW

In-Drought Support for Farmers in NW NSW

9 December 2013

Farmers in North West NSW battling extreme dry conditions for 18 months will receive additional assistance from the NSW Government via a package of emergency in-drought support measures.

The Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson announced the NSW Government has allocated $7.6 million to fund emergency support measures for the Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett local government areas, including:

  • Up to $20,000 for transport assistance reimbursement, backdated to 1 July 2013;
  • Up to $30,000 for emergency water infrastructure grants, which the Commonwealth Government has indicated it will match;
  • Additional funding for the Rural Support Worker program and a drought incident co-ordinator;

Ms Hodgkinson said that the landholders and communities in North West NSW are currently dealing with extraordinarily difficult circumstances and that no matter how well producers may prepare for drought it is impossible to completely drought proof a property.

This emergency in-drought assistance package is in addition to the drought preparedness measures the Minister announced on 30 October 2013 which included:

  • $20 million for a Farm Innovation Fund to provide primary producers with loans at concessional rates for in-drought and drought preparedness measures (part of the Federal Government’s “Farm Finance” package); and
  • $4.4 million to fund phase three of the Cap and Pipe bores program.

Two further measures to assist landholders in the Bourke, Walgett and Brewarrina local government areas and back-dated to 1 July 2013 are:

  • The waiver of Livestock Health and Pest Authority rates; and
  • The deferral of Special Conservation Scheme loans by the Rural Assistance Authority on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit their website at www.raa.nsw.gov.au. Alternatively speak with your local Boyce Accountant.

Scott Christian | Director, Boyce Dubbo

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