Additional disaster recovery assistance for primary producers announced

Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks MP has welcomed the announcement of additional disaster recovery assistance for primary producers in the Brisbane Waters area.

Ms Wicks said the assistance is being provided under Category C of the jointly funded C o m m o n w e a l t h – S t a t e Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). “I’m pleased to see that clean up and recovery grants of up to $15,000 will be provided to eligible farmers recovering from damage caused by severe fl ooding and storms,” Mrs Wicks said. “Our oyster growers in the Brisbane Waters are among those who are eligible. “This builds on shorterterm assistance provided to these communities and will help primary producers to get back on their feet, for example, by repairing or replacing equipment. “I encourage primary producers in the affected areas to contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority to see if they are eligible for the grant.” These grants have been activated in addition to a range of assistance which has already been activated by the Commonwealth and NSW governments to support individuals and families, businesses, primary producers and councils affected by the April storms and fl ooding. For primary producers, assistance already activated includes concessional interest rate loans and freight subsidies. “The Australian and NSW governments are committed to working together to assist affected communities to recover from the devastation caused by the storms and fl oods that battered the Central Coast,” Ms Wicks said.

Media release, 15 June 2015 Tim Sowden, Office of Lucy Wicks

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