19.9 C
Byron Shire
March 2, 2021

Govt announces $75,000 grants for primary producers affected by fires

Latest News

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Other News

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

Is Byron Council putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to reducing carbon emissions?

Local farmers and other primary producers who have been affected by the recent bushfires will be able to apply for grants of up to $75,000 to help them get back on their feet, the Federal Government has announced.

The grants were announced by the Federal Government yesterday.

Applications are expected to open in the coming weeks.

The category D assistance, which is the same as that made available to graziers in far north Queensland following last year’s floods, will be available for those in bushfire-affected regions.

The government said farmers would not need to have their primary residence affected by the fire to be eligible for the funding, which will be administered by state governments.

It also said that off-farm income of up to $100,000 would be exempt when assessing eligibility for the grants.

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said there were 19,000 farming, forestry, and fishing businesses in burned-out areas across the country.

‘It is not just livestock losses,’ Ms McKenzie said.

‘It is oyster sheds on the Clyde River. It’s what’s going to happen to those type of enterprises once the charcoal and ash, after a good rain, ends up in our waterways. It is our Batlow apple farmers. It is our wine industry in the Adelaide Hills, our sheep and beef producers more broadly, and our dairy industry.’

Ms McKenzie said the eligibility criteria for the grants was still being determined.

‘The eligibility criteria will be incredibly simple because our goal is to get cash on the ground to the farmers so they can actually get on with the rebuilding,’ Ms McKenzie said.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.

Ballina Dragons invite public to have a go

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is having a come and try day on Saturday 6 March, on the Richmond River at Ballina.

Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.