Boost for drought-affected farmers

Drought-affected South Australian farmers will get more support to install on-farm water infrastructure with a rebate scheme getting a $3.45M boost from the Marshall Liberal Government.

The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure rebate scheme was exhausted earlier this year due to unprecedented interest.

The funding boost is from the Marshall Liberal Government’s $21M Drought Support Program which has already provided immediate support through a council rate rebate and pastoral lease rent relief, expanded the Rural Financial Counselling Service and increased the Family and Business mentor program.

An extra $2 million will allow existing applications to be processed and $1.45 million will allow potential applicants who have already undertaken work and incurred costs, but not yet applied. Those applicants will be entitled to 30 per cent funding (up to $30,000 per application), while the State Government has requested the Commonwealth consider additional funding for the program.

If the Commonwealth fulfils this request it is expected the total support for each applicant would return to $50,000 in line with the original rebate.

Further information is available on the Department of Primary Industries and Regions website.

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