$50 million support package to combat mice plague

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed today’s announcement that the NSW Government will provide $50 million for households, local businesses and farmers to combat the mice plague currently impacting regional NSW.

Mr Saunders said his electorate, stretching from Trangie in the west to Mudgee in the east, has done it tough off the back of drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, and this mice plague is devastating communities who are already suffering.

“I have received a lot of feedback from communities that we needed to act on this mice plague so I am pleased to announce the NSW Government is coming to the table with this $50 million support package,” he said.

“I know the impacts of this infestation run deep through the community. Under this package households will be able to apply for rebates of up to $500 and small businesses will be eligible to claim up to $1,000 through Service NSW.

Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro said these rebates will help small businesses and households meet the cost of purchasing baits, and grain treatment will be available for impacted farmers free of charge.

“We know the financial pressure this mice plague is putting on farmers and household budgets. We have heard the concerns of people all across regional NSW, but particularly in the western region, and we are acting on them,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government will establish grain treatment facilities at specified locations across rural and regional NSW for farmers to have their grain treated free of charge and we will provide rebates to small businesses and households through Service NSW to help meet the cost of buying bait. 

“I am also forming an advisory committee to ensure everyone has access to expert advice, including the latest hot spots, health and food safety advice, information for vets and guidance for keeping children and animals safe.”

For the latest information about the mice plague, including information about eligibility, how rebates will be able to be claimed as well as health advice, go to www.nsw.gov.au/mice

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