NSW Farmers welcomes $75,000 grants for farmers

NSW Farmers' President James Jackson has today welcomed the commitment to provide grants of up to $75,000 to bushfire affected primary producers. 

“In coming weeks and months the true cost of these fires, that are still burning, will become apparent. This cost will be emotional, physical and social as well as economic,” Mr Jackson said. 

“This is evident in the north coast region, where bushfires caused significant damage to farms in November and December. The real cost impact is emerging in that area, with farmers now weeks into the recovery phase.”

“These grants will help that recovery process and kick-start the recovery for many in the south east of the state.”

“While we await further details, it is pleasing that any off-farm income up to $100,000 annually will be exempt from eligibility assessment for the grants.  We will work to ensure the delivery of these grants is not held up by red tape and paperwork. ”

Mr Jackson said the generosity of Australians in response to the bushfires that have been raging since September last year has been inspiring and overwhelming. 

“This support will continue to be valued by primary producers in affected areas. Farmers have lost stock, sheds, fencing, operating plant and many have seen precious hay and feed consumed by the flames.”

“Perishable foods, milk and oysters have not made it to market – dairy farmers have discarded milk, oysters have been tainted by a build-up of saline water, grapes have been tainted by smoke, and fruit trees have been burnt.”

“The commitment to employ an additional 60 Rural Financial Councillors will also be appreciated as farmers and their families rebuild their businesses and get back to what they thrive on – growing the highest quality food and fibre that makes Australian product so highly valued by international  and domestic consumers.”

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2019
Media Contact:  Michael Burt  | 0428 228 988 | burtm@nswfarmers.org.au