More fund­ing an­nounced

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

LAST week Na­tion­als MP Barn­aby Joyce an­nounced a $5 bil­lion fu­ture drought fund, $3.9 bil­lion up front, to ad­dress is­sues, in the short term and long term, to sup­port farm­ers and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. Part of this will fund im­por­tant wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture and drought re­silience projects as well fur­ther help­ing farm­ers in drought right now by cut­ting red tape and tack­ling gaps that need ad­dress­ing.

Mr Joyce said they were al­ready speed­ing up and sim­pli­fy­ing Farm House­hold Al­lowance and had cut back the ap­pli­ca­tion form by a third.

Ru­ral Fi­nan­cial Coun­sel­lors are set to help with the process and more than 100 staff are al­ready as­sist­ing thou­sands of peo­ple and more staff will be on the ground very soon. The Drought Fi­nance Task­force also came to­gether to dis­cuss the cash flow is­sues.

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