Water infrastructure grants to aid KI bushfire recovery

Kangaroo Island farmers can now apply for up to $50,000 to install or repair on-farm water infrastructure to help the industry recover from bushfires.

Kangaroo Island focused round of the On-farm Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme enables eligible producers to apply for a rebate of up to 50 per cent of the costs associated with the purchase, installation or repair of farm water infrastructure for livestock and permanent horticulture.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said Kangaroo Island farmers can apply for grants from the $600,000 program to improve water security.

“The program is aimed at providing long term certainty for Kangaroo Island farmers when it comes to water storage, particularly after being impacted by the devastating bushfires,” said Minister Basham.

“Water security and storage have been ongoing issues for Kangaroo Island farmers so it is important to be able to offer on-farm water infrastructure grants to help farmers become more resilient to future adverse events.

“The Marshall Liberal Government will always back our farmers and supporting water infrastructure works will go a long way towards the protection of high-end value livestock and permanent plantings of horticulture.

“Opening a special round of the On-farm Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme for Kangaroo Island farmers is the latest support the Marshall Liberal Government is providing to bushfire-affected producers and builds on other programs which have been in place.

“The rebate scheme will continue to deliver practical support for our farmers to complete critical on-farm water infrastructure projects such as water storages, pumps, pipes, de-silting dams to maintain a more reliable and sustainable water supply into the future.

“The funding is available for applicants who have already completed eligible water infrastructure activities or are planning to undertake such activities on their farm properties.

“It also includes costs associated with the purchase, delivery and installation of new infrastructure or repairs and upgrades to existing infrastructure from 1 July 2019 through to 30 June 2022.”

Applications will close when funding is exhausted or at 5pm on 31 October 2021, whichever occurs first.

The Kangaroo Island On-farm Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme is jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments.

For further details about the scheme and to download guidelines and application forms visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/ki-on-farm-water

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