Following the devastating bushfires on the NSW South Coast, the Australian Government has made available a range of financial assistance to help with clean up and recovery in the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla.
A natural disaster assistance transport subsidy is available to eligible farmers who are affected by a declared natural disaster event. This subsidy pays for the cost of transporting:
- fodder and/or water to an affected property
- stock to sale or slaughter
- stock to/from agistment.
Subsidies of up to 50% of the total freight costs to a maximum of $15,000 per farm enterprise per financial year. The $15,000 is counted within a financial year from the date when the payment is made to the applicant.
To be eligible, you must demonstrate that:
- You are the owner and/or operator (eg. Lessee) of a farm business in NSW
- The business operates as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company and
trades agricultural products
- The business is registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer.
Eligible costs include:
- Transporting of fodder for stock (including bees) to properties
- Transporting of stock (including bees) to
- Returning stock (including bees) from agistment
- Transport of stock to sale or slaughter
- Transport of stock drinking water
- Transport of domestic water.
For further information about the subsidy refer to the website or call the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.