Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Government Announces Drought Transport Funding

BY TYLER FARDELL

Despite the Hunter receiving some rain recently, many farmers are still feeling the effects of a harsh drought.

Now, the government has extended an olive branch in the form of the Drought Transport Fund.

Loans up to $20,000 with a no-repayment period of two years are on offer to farmers to help with transporting livestock and donated fodder.

Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald said he and Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair met with several Hunter farmers recently.

"We met a number of farmers across the Port Stephens and Maitland areas, and in the Upper Hunter," he said.

"Certainly one of the pressing issues they have is keeping stock, and it's expensive to relocate the animals...this is giving a little bit of an extra hand [with that]."



NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair at a property near Stroud. 

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