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NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package

The NSW Government has announced a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought now affecting the majority of the state.

The three major elements of the $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package are:
  • $190 million for Drought Transport Subsidies;
  • $110 million to cut the cost of farming by waiving fees and charges; and,
  • $150 million to bolster the Farm Innovation Fund (FIF) infrastructure program.
The package also includes funding for:
  • Counselling and mental health;
  • Critical services in regional communities including transporting water and drought related road upgrades and repairs; and,
  • Animal welfare and stock disposal.
Primary producers are encouraged not to self assess and should visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries DroughtHub for information regarding eligibility of the support available to prepare for and manage drought conditions. 
Phone enquiries can be directed to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.


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