Barnaby Joyce

The Nationals Member For New England

Deputy Prime Minister

Leader of The Nationals
Barnaby Joyce

Farm businesses and families in New England supported by package:  Joyce

26 February 2014

FEDERAL Member for New England and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce said farming families and businesses will be able to access greater government assistance sooner as part of a $320 million comprehensive drought support package.

 

Announcing the package this morning with the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, Mr Joyce said the Federal Government would bring forward more generous income support arrangements for farmers and their families, extend concessional loans to eligible drought affected farm businesses, provide funds for water infrastructure and pest eradication as well as funds for counselling support services for farmers.

 

“This new package will assist impacted farm businesses and farm families from Tamworth to Tenterfield, from Yetman to Walcha who have contacted my office in recent weeks to deal with immediate financial pressures and improve their capacity to recover when the rain finally comes,” Mr Joyce said.

 

“I’ve been travelling extensively throughout the electorate in recent weeks talking to New England constituents about what they need to keep them going until it rains again.

 

“Farming is a very significant part of our economy and will play a critical role in our economic future.

 

“We are introducing measures to offer financial, social and mental health support,” he said

 

“This is a government determined to stand by the people of Australia in good times and bad.”

 

Mr Joyce said farm businesses and farm families across the electorate and the nation were suffering financially and emotionally as a result of the prolonged drought.

 

The package includes:

 

 

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