Drought Trans­port Fund

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IF you haven’t ac­tu­ally been driv­ing out of town lately, make no mis­take, it’s dry out there and ex­plains why the state gov­ern­ment is in­tro­duc­ing the NSW Drought Trans­port Fund.

The fund will pro­vide up to $20,000 in low in­ter­est loans, with a two-year in­ter­e­stand re­pay­ment-free pe­riod, to help farm­ers pay freight costs for fod­der, wa­ter, or to move stock to ag­ist­ment.

Mem­ber for Dubbo Troy Grant was quoted as say­ing this week, “The costs of trans­port­ing fod­der, wa­ter, or to move stock is crip­pling our farm­ers, as more than a quar­ter of the state is strug­gling with drought or con­di­tions ap­proach­ing it, in­clud­ing the Cen­tral Table­lands, Cen­tral West and in the far west of the state.

“Our farm­ers are the lifeblood of the region, and when they are strug­gling, the whole com­mu­nity is im­pacted,” Mr Grant said.

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