Further drought funding announced

Dubbo will be a major beneficiary of the latest round of drought funding announced by the NSW Government, with $30 million to be provided over two years to plan an expansion of the local bore field to improve groundwater supply to the city.

As the toughest drought on record continues to bite across the state, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has today announced an Emergency Drought Relief package, bringing the total funding to more than $1.8 billion across the state, to further support farmers and regional communities.

The $30 million Dubbo project will be rolled out over two years and will be complemented by additional works in locations further west of the electorate.

“This funding will help shore up the water supply for our rapidly growing city, while at the same time reducing our reliance on the Macquarie River,” Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said.

“After the election, the Premier and Deputy Premier both indicated regional areas would be a priority for this government, and I think this package shows that we are aware of the needs of rural towns and cities.”

The additional drought support will assist local farmers and businesses, including on-farm measures such as transport subsidies and waiving land rates, and off-farm measures to boost the local economy and support the community.  

“I’m well aware of the effects this drought is having on regional economies, communities and families,” Mr Saunders said.

“The extension of the Emergency Drought Relief package means more assistance for primary producers, more infrastructure to provide safe and secure water supplies, and investments aimed at stimulating the local economy.

“The social and economic viability of rural and regional communities in the Dubbo electorate remains my priority. We are all in this together.”

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