Rebate keeps farm water supplies up
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.