NSW Drought: NSW Government's $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package

SUPPORT: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian visited a sheep and cattle property at Newbridge, near Bathurst, to make the $500 million announcement. Photo: NADINE MORTON 073018nmdrought1
SUPPORT: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian visited a sheep and cattle property at Newbridge, near Bathurst, to make the $500 million announcement. Photo: NADINE MORTON 073018nmdrought1

WITH 99 per cent of the state now in drought, the NSW Government has announced further support for farmers with a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package.

NSW Premier Gladys Gerejiklian visited a sheep and cattle property in Newbridge, 30 kilometres south-west of Bathurst, on Monday to announce the increased support.

“We have listed to farmers throughout NSW who have told me they urgently needed help,” she said.

“To date, we have already committed $584m in drought support, most of which is focused on preparation for drought conditions.

“However, conditions are now so dire that further support is needed to address the more immediate needs for farmers and their communities until the drought breaks.”

The three major elements of the $500m Emergency Drought Relief Package include: drought transport subsidies; cutting the cost of farming fees and charges; and a bolster to the Farm Innovation Fund infrastructure program.

More to come.

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