AgForce welcomes extra federal drought support
NEW Federal Government drought relief measures were announced this weekend, as part of the Drought Communities Program.
A grand total of
$75 million will be allotted, along with tax breaks and infrastructure loans.
AgForce Queensland CEO Michael Guerin said it was a boost for Queensland farmers and regional towns that have been doing it tough for a long time.
“Parts of western and southern Queensland have been in drought for more than six years, which has overwhelmed even the best efforts of many producers to prepare,” he said.
“We welcome the
$22 million for Queensland councils to spend on projects in drought-stricken areas, and additional funding for the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative – a fantastic water saving program that delivers wins for the environment, primary producers and rural economies.”
The additional funding for the program will initially offer $1 million in grants funding to 60 eligible drought-affected councils to provide immediate and short-term support for their communities.
Councils will be invited to submit projects, which address local conditions and needs.
The program will prioritise projects that utilise local businesses.
The Federal Government has announced a $75million of drought relief measures, including with tax breaks and infrastructure loans.