GREATER ACCESS TO DROUGHT SUPPORT IN TAMWORTH AREA
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said farmers and their families will find it easier to access the Drought Transport Subsidies and the Drought Assistance Fund with the relaxation of the gross off-farm asset test.
He said the current criteria is being lifted from a $1 million off-farm assets to $5 million, which means more farmers will now be eligible to access drought assistance.
“This change acknowledges the efforts of farmers who have diversified their assets, but understandably still need help during these tough times.
“We’ve had small falls of rain in the region but we’re long way off from calling this drought over.
“I’m delighted to be able to stand with our farmers and know the adjustment to the Government’s drought relief package is delivering the right support at the right time.”
“New entrants, including many young farmers, will now have greater access to Government assistance which will be particularly beneficial as they establish their businesses.
“In addition to amending the access criteria, the Government is also making it easier for farmers to get help completing and submitting drought support applications, with Local Land Services offices now providing this assistance.
“Farmers in the region can now visit LLS offices in Tamworth or Gunnedah for assistance with preparing and submitting their applications for drought support.
“In addition, the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) is now open until 10 pm weeknights, allowing farmers who have been out in the paddocks all day a greater opportunity to seek support.
“These changes will ensure farmers can access the support they need and receive their subsidy payments as quickly as possible,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) research stations and 37 Service NSW offices can also provide assistance to complete drought support applications.
The NSW Government Emergency Drought Relief package provides more than $1 billion in drought relief measures, for more information visit www.droughthub.nsw.gov.au