A new review has found New South Wales leads the way on drought relief in Australia.
According to Federal Drought Minister David Littleproud, NSW gives more than any other state at the moment with up to $69,175 per farmer a year. This is in stark contrast to Western Australia, where there is no direct drought support. In Queensland a farmer can access $39,129 in direct support, in Victoria $25,235, while South Australia is reviewing its level of support.
With agriculture tipped to become a $100 billion industry by the end of the next decade, it’s critical our farmers and their communities get the help they need to get through droughts.
In NSW the drought relief effort has been led by the Nationals in Government, which has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting rural and regional communities. At the party’s Annual General Conference in June grassroots members voted to resist an increase in environmental water under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and to protect farmers from being prosecuted under the repealed Native Vegetation Act. Members also supported increasing on-farm water storage, a broadening of drought assistance for rural communities. There was also agreement around a plan to send tropical floodwaters from Queensland south into NSW.
A party spokesman said he was proud the NSW Nationals were seen to be leading the way on drought relief, but said there was only one ultimate solution: Rain.
“We know we can never do enough in drought relief,” the spokesman said. “But we won’t let that hold us back. We will continue to try to do more for as long as this drought continues.”