Re­bate keeps farm wa­ter sup­plies up

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

It is a huge re­lief fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally to have re­li­able wa­ter sources. WAFarm­ers

Al­most $190,000 in re­bates has been granted by the State Govern­ment to dry-land farm­ers in or­der to cover the costs of im­prov­ing wa­ter sup­plies.

As cli­mate change con­tin­ues to im­pact WA, the re­bates provided will help to fund new or up­graded in­fra­struc­ture such as dams, rain­wa­ter cap­ture and stor­age tanks, so­lar-pow­ered pumps and dis­tri­bu­tion pipes.

More than half of the farms are in the Great South­ern with the rest in the cen­tral and north­ern Wheat­belt.

A WAFarm­ers spokes­woman said it was a huge re­lief for farm­ers, fi­nan­cially and men­tally.

“WA has had a chal­leng­ing sea­son, with lower than av­er­age rain­fall hav­ing been recorded this year,” she said.

“This means farm­ers ex­pe­ri­ence higher emo­tional, fi­nan­cial and phys­i­cal stress than usual.

“It is a huge re­lief, fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally, to have re­li­able wa­ter sources as it will ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially as WA ex­pe­ri­ences vari­able weather con­di­tions.”

Funds are provided by the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion’s Ru­ral Wa­ter Plan­ning pro­gram.

All works were ap­proved fol­low­ing on-ground as­sess­ment by lo­cal farm wa­ter au­di­tors.

Un­der the Farm Wa­ter Sup­ply Plan­ning Scheme, farm­ers can claim up to 50 per cent of the cost of a wa­ter sup­ply au­dit and call­backs, up to a max­i­mum pro­ject value of $750.

Farm­ers can then ap­ply to the Farm Wa­ter Re­bate Scheme for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a range of in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments to dams and catch­ments, tanks, pipes and pump­ing sys­tems in­clud­ing so­lar en­ergy, iden­ti­fied by the au­dit, up to a value of $15,000.

Wa­ter Min­is­ter Dave Kelly said farm­ers who had ap­plied were al­ready ben­e­fit­ing from the re­bates.

“This money has helped a Ko­jonup farmer cap­ture more rain through new dams and tanks, a Brook­ton farmer to set up a new bore, pump and tanks, and a Moony­oonooka farmer to set up a new stor­age and dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem,” he said.

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