More farmers to get a hand with drought

The Hon David Littleproud MP
Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Water infrastructure rebate expanded to permanent horticulture in Qld, NSW, SA, Tasmania and the ACT.
  • The rebate applies to new bores and dam de-silting from 30 June 2019
  • Eligible farmers can claim 25 per cent of expenses up to $25,000
  • Horticultural Farmers with permanent plantings can now access the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate in four states and the ACT.

    Queensland, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT have signed up to the extension.

    Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud said the rebate will help save trees and vines.

    “This helps secure long-term prosperity in horticultural regions,” Minister Littleproud said.

    “Trees and vines can take years to produce fruit. Growers shouldn’t have to start over once the drought breaks.

    An additional $13.2 million in funding is being made available to make sure demand for the scheme is met.

    “This will let eligible growers claim the rebate on installing new bores or desilting dams.

    “This will both make better use of water and make water more available across valuable permanent plantings.

    “Growers in drought affected areas can claim 25 per cent of expenses, up to $25,000 on eligible projects started after 30 June 2019.

    “This will both improve water access now and make better use of farm water in the future.

    “I’ve written to Victoria, the NT and WA, asking them to sign-on to the extended scheme.”

    The scheme can be accessed through the relevant state or territory agricultural department.

    Fast Facts:

    • Part of the $50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.
    • Eligible farmers can claim up to 25 per cent of expenses up to $25,000.
    • Projects can include installing new bores or desilting dams.
    • $13.2 million top up is available to all states
    • More than 2100 farmers have received funding under the existing scheme that applies to livestock producers.

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