Drought recognition welcomed

NSW Farmers today welcomed a $20 million drought response package announced by NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant.

NSW Farmers’ President Fiona Simson said: “Farmers in NSW are currently experiencing some of the driest conditions on record with many facing up to four years of no income.”

“We are pleased the government has recognised this ongoing and dire situation.”

The package will be targeted to assist investment in water infrastructure with farmers required to satisfy the criteria of experiencing a 1 in 50 year event. The package will be broader than the previous Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme with dam works also included.

Ms Simson said: “This initiative will not only assist farmers in need, but it will importantly also assist regional economies with the likely need for contractors to undertake some of the water infrastructure works.“

“Packages such as this one are crucial in ensuring farmers and their communities are placed in a position to be able to recover from natural disasters such as this one when the climatic conditions improve,” concluded Ms Simson.

NSW Farmers will continue to work with government on the details of the package and development of a longer term robust drought policy.

To access the package farmers can visit the Rural Assistance Authority website : http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/emergency-water-infrastructure-rebate

Contact: Amy Williams

Phone: 1300 794 000

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