More funding to flow for drought-affected farmers

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SUPPORT for immediate expenses for farmers and those living in rural communities is among new measures announced by the state government to tackle the ”drought-like” conditions gripping the state.

Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced the measures at a farm at Meander and was joined by industry representatives from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Rural Business Tasmania and Rural Alive and Well.

The new measures announced today include:

– $110,000 for a rural relief fund that will be for immediate expenses that families need during this tough time and;

– $70,000 for Rural Alive and Well outreach services to extend its services

The Rural Relief Fund will be managed by Rural Business Tasmania and will be to enable families and farmers to get immediate relief for items such as replacing a broken hot water cylinder or to help them put food on the table.

Funding support for Rural Alive and Well will allow the one-on-one support service to employ an extra outreach person to service the communities of Flinders Island and Break’O’Day.

In addition, the TFGA officially launched their online food and fodder register, that went online today.

The register will be self-managed by the rural community and will allow people with extra fodder to register and connect with those who need it.

The announcement comes a day after the federal government announced $10 million would be made available for Tasmanian farmers to access low-interest loans to help them refinance their businesses.

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