AgForce wel­comes ex­tra fed­eral drought sup­port

Western Times - - NEWS -

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.

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