Mid Murray Farmers have been thrown a lifeline, advised yesterday they will be given access to the same disaster relief packages offered to Riverland growers in the wake of last year’s storms.
After lobbying from the mid Murray Council, Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick and Member for Barker Tony Pasin, Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan and SA’s Agriculture Minister Leon Bignall announced yesterday that the up to $10,000 grants would be made available to farmers in the region.
“It has become clear that a number of primary producers in Mid Murray have suffered significant disruption to their farms following the November 2016 storm and require additional assistance to support their recovery,” Mr Keenan said.
Farming properties were seriously damaged when stong winds, heavy rain and hail hit the region.
“This assistance will provide a boost to the vital primary producer sector in Mid Murray which will assist the broader community in recovering from this severe hailstorm,” Mr Bignell said.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin says the news comes as a great relief.
“I have been working with the Mid-Murray Council and the Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan MP to ensure Federal Government assessment of the State Government’s application was prioritised given the Mid-Murray Council area was left off the State Government’s initial application.”
“I am very relieved that farmers affected in these areas are now able to access these grants.”