‘Uni­fied’ $20,000 sup­port for farm­ers

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

MUR­RAY River Coun­cil will do­nate $20,000 to sup­port drought stricken farm­ers in NSW.

The do­na­tion will form part of a pool of funds man­aged by the Rive­rina and Mur­ray Joint Or­gan­i­sa­tion (RAMJO) who will co-or­di­nate a re­gional ap­proach to di­rect­ing funds to farm­ers in need.

RAMJO is made up of 11 mem­ber coun­cils work­ing to­gether across re­gional NSW.

Mur­ray River Coun­cil mayor Chris Bilkey said coun­cil would de­ter­mine the best av­enue of sup­port in con­junc­tion with RAMJO and its mem­ber coun­cils.

“This is about tak­ing a uni­fied ap­proach to sup­port­ing our farm­ers and we will cer­tainly be in­volved in a re­gional dis­cus­sion as to how best di­rect these pooled re­sources to those in need,’’ he said.

“Coun­cil will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate strongly on wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion is­sues which re­quire ur­gent and im­me­di­ate ac­tion, but we hope these do­na­tions from lo­cal gov­ern­ment will go some way to pro­vide some tem­po­rary re­lief.’’

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