Call to government, as dry conditions worsen
relief measures it announced in September.
“We are also calling on the State Government to ensure funding offered for these grants is adequate to allow farmers to invest in meaningful projects to provide relief from drought,” Mr Jochinke said.
“We also want the State Government to listen to our earlier calls to help with relief from fixed costs, such as the rapidly growing council rates burden.
“A farmer’s annual income continues to evaporate during drought, yet they still face these extremely high fixed costs such as council rates.”
Mr Mawson emphasised that when farmers have tough times, it’s not only them and their families that suffer, but it’s the local communities as well.
“The farmer is amazing, he gets a dollar he spends a dollar he puts in back into his farm which is in turn put back into the community,” Mr Mawson said.
“Our area, still for the next two or three week would love rain.”
Mr Jochinke also said is all well and good to promote drought preparedness as those conditions approach, but with drought having well and truly arrived, we need further action.
“It is time for the State Government to move to the next stage and broaden drought relief measures to help farmers,” he said.