Loans for fire-af­fected farm­ers

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Vic­to­rian Na­tion­als Deputy Leader and State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan has wel­comed con­ces­sional loans be­ing made avail­able for pri­mary pro­duc­ers im­pacted by re­cent bush­fires.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter Ms Ryan and State Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy wrote to Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jane Gar­rett last week.

‘‘I am pleased the new govern­ment has re­sponded to our re­quest for low-in­ter­est loans,’’ Ms Ryan said.

Cat­e­gory B Con­ces­sional In­ter­est Rate Loans of up to $200 000 will be pro­vided through the jointly-funded Com­mon­wealth-State Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ment (NDRRA).

‘‘Fire-af­fected pri­mary pro­duc­ers in north-east and west Vic­to­ria will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a con­ces­sional loan,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The mas­sive clean-up and re­cov­ery that is now re­quired, par­tic­u­larly in the Ste­warton and Lake Rowan ar­eas, will be greatly as­sisted by this ad- di­tional sup­port.’’

Ms Ryan said Ms Gar­rett had ac­cepted her in­vi­ta­tion to visit the area this week.

In­for­ma­tion on dis­as­ter as­sis­tance can be found at www.dis­as­teras­sist.gov.au and www.re­cov­ery.vic.gov.au To ap­ply for a con­ces­sional loan contact Ru­ral Fi­nance Vic­to­ria on 1800 260 425 or www.ru­ral­fi­nance.com.au

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