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 information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.