More support for ACT farmers

Released 05/11/2019 - Joint media release

Local farmers are being helped through extended dry conditions by renewed financial support from the ACT Government.

The ACT Farmer’s Support Package, first made available to rural landowners in the ACT in 2018, has been extended into 2019-20.

Quotes attributable to Chief Minister Andrew Barr

“Extending these measures will help farmers to get through difficult conditions and prepare for the future as the negative effects of climate change become a reality.

“We have increased transport subsidies for eligible ACT rural landholders from $20,000 up to $40,000 for the transport of fodder, water and stock.

“The transport subsidy now also includes transporting farm chemicals, fertiliser, and seed to farms with unlimited distance for new applications during the 2019-20 financial year.

“Transport freight subsidies will help farmers who are being forced to source expensive feed for their stock.”

Quotes attributable Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman

“Low rainfall and higher than normal temperatures are continuing to impact farmers in our region.

“The ACT Government has worked extensively with farmers in recent years to build their resilience when dealing with dry conditions associated with climate change.

“We have made $150,000 of new ACT Rural Resilience grants available to ACT rural landholders to increase their knowledge and skills and improve farm infrastructure to better manage dry times.

“This support complements the ACT Government’s continuing work to combat climate change as outlined in our latest Climate Change Strategy.”

For more information on the support package including application guidelines, visit:

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