Local State Member Pru Goward has today welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of $13 million in new funding to support the rollout of the new national drought program, commencing on 1 July 2014.
“It is great to see long-term support delivered to help farmers in the region to prepare for and manage the impacts of drought,” Ms Goward said.
“The $13 million package is in line with the roll out of the national drought program.”
The $13 million funding package includes:
- $8 million for the popular Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (plus an additional $4 million from the Commonwealth Government);
- $1.9 million to continue the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Support Worker Program;
- $2.5 million to continue the Country Town Emergency Water Cartage and Infrastructure Scheme; and
- $350,000 for additional staff at the Rural Assistance Authority, to support the rollout of the new national program.
This is in addition to ongoing NSW Government drought support, which includes:
- Continuing funding for the Farm Innovation Fund, to provide farmers with loans at concessional interest rates for in-drought support and drought preparedness;
- $840,000 for the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to the Rural Financial Counselling Service; and
- $500,000 for animal welfare cases, focused on stock going to sale or slaughter where there is significant risk to animal welfare.
Ms Goward said landholders are encouraged to discuss the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate program and the availability of funding and eligibility with the Rural Assistance Authority.
“Grants of up to $50,000 per producer are available to help farmers install on-farm water infrastructure, including bores and water troughs,” Ms Goward said.
“Funding for debt management, drought works and pest management will flow to farmers through the Commonwealth’s Drought Concessional Loans Scheme – administered through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority – and the $2.4 million pest management fund.
“In line with the roll out of the national program, State measures, including the Transport Assistance Reimbursement and a six-month waiver of Local Land Services rates, will expire on 30 June 2014.”
Commonwealth, State and Territory governments signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform last May, which comes into effect on 1 July 2014.
Information about NSW Government support, and technical advice, is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/emergency/drought, and further information about the national drought program is available at www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/drought.
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