NSW premier Barry O’Farrell yesterday declared that category C assistance will be made available to eligible primary producers in seven local government areas on the north and mid north coasts of NSW, including Lismore and Tweed.
But Byron and Ballina shire farmers are yet to receive offers of assistance.
NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson said following rains and floods in late January farmers have faced constant wet weather leading to flooding in many farming areas of the north and mid north coast of NSW.
‘NSW Farmers has been working with affected farmers in the areas since January. This has included working with the Department of Primary Industries and industry organisations to collect information on the damage to farmers to help with the assessment for additional assistance.
‘Along with DPI we continue to manage the fodder register that was extended from the bushfires to the flood affected farmers on the coast.
‘This announcement of additional assistance is very welcome and will help many of those affected with the ongoing costs of rebuilding and recovering from the floods.
‘It is also pleasing that the federal and state governments have recognised the compounding effects of several rain events over the month and the inability of farmers to recover. The continuous rain and inability to recover has caused a serious disruption to the community and damage to property.
‘Grants are available to eligible farmers in the Bellingen, Greater Taree, Kempsey, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie and Tweed local government areas.
‘This follows the announcement on 15 March where the areas of Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour were given access to category C assistance.
Primary Producers can apply for the grants through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or at www.raa.nsw.gov.au.