More help will be required
QUEENSLAND LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan said while the announcement to extend the Farm Household Allowance will be strongly welcomed across rural areas, further support measures would be needed to ensure ravaged western communities can survive and rebuild from one of the worst droughts in Australian history.
Senator O’Sullivan said Minister Littleproud’s announcement to extend the FHA from three to four years would ensure thousands of Australian farmers had the certainty of a financial safety net for the next 12 months.
However, Senator O’Sullivan said government attention would now need to shift towards initiatives that provided cash-flow for entire rural communities gripped by drought.
“Many of our western communities are struggling economically, environmentally and socially under the pressure of six failed wet seasons.
“The effects of this drought reach from the farm gate into every corner of these communities.
“Every single person is impacted – from the mechanic to the council worker to the grocery store manager.”