Supporting Our Pastoralists Doing It Tough

Territory pastoralists who have been financially impacted by drought-like conditions can now apply for a rent reduction or waiver for their pastoral lease.

The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Eva Lawler will accept applications for the next four weeks from pastoralists experiencing serious hardship.

Drought-like conditions have severely affected pastoralists across Australia, especially here in the Northern Territory, and times have been tough financially and emotionally.

That’s why the Territory Labor Government is encouraging applications for rent reductions or waivers under provisions of the Pastoral Land Act 1992.

The assessment criteria includes proven hardship due to drought-like conditions or other extreme weather events, including flooding and cyclones.

Separately, the Northern Territory Government administers the activities of the Rural Financial Counselling Service and distributes funds under the Commonwealth Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme. This scheme assists livestock farmers affected by drought with the costs of installing new infrastructure to supply water for animal welfare — 98 claims have been supported to the value of $1.2 million.

Applications close Monday 23 March 2020.

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