The State Government have announced a $21 million dollar package to support South Australia’s drought affected farmers.
The ‘Drought Support Program’ is designed to help reduce the immediate burden of drought on farming communities.
The package, builds on support measures already in place and will expand the Rural Financial Counselling Service and increase the Family and Business mentor program.
A council rate rebate and pastoral lease rent relief, as well as the extension of the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, are also part of the package.
Premier Steven Marshall said the State Government has said “Our primary producers are the backbone of the state’s economy and when drought hits there is a ripple effect that impacts individual farmers, families and regional communities.”
The South Australian Drought Support Program includes the following initiatives:
- Immediate financial relief by offering a 50 per cent rebate for council rates or pastoral lease rent in 2019-20 and 2020-21 for primary producers receiving the Farm Household Allowance. These rebates will be funded by the State Government and will not impact local council’s revenue.
- Increased funding to Rural Business Support for a number of support activities which includes assisting small rural and regional businesses and increasing the Rural Financial Counselling Services to meet growing demand.
- Increasing the Commonwealth Government’s On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, from 25% to 50% (or up to $50,000) which will provide a greater incentive for eligible primary producers to purchase and install new water infrastructure and improve drought resilience.
- Funding for the Family and Business support (FaB) mentor program, increasing wellbeing and business advice to farmers, families and small businesses in drought-affected regions.
For more information on the drought rebates and how to apply click here
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