Throughout May, trucks carrying a total of 574 tonnes of hay will be rolling into Gollan to help drought affected farmers, thanks to a $137,000 NSW Government Donated Fodder Transport subsidy.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said this was part of a broad range of support available to assist farmers and their families.
“Despite recent welcome rain, farmers across this region are still battling one of the worst droughts on record, so the NSW Government is doing what it can to support our farmers and regional communities,” Mr Saunders said.
“This includes the Donated Fodder Transport subsidy, which covers the cost of transporting donated fodder where the fodder is arranged by community groups or other organisations for the benefit of multiple drought-affected properties.
“The timing of this delivery to 117 farmers in the Gollan region will help bring a little relief as we head into the colder months, and I want to thank Anne Jones and Peter Perry from the Lions Club District 201N4 for organising this donated fodder.”
Ms Jones said the donated fodder was the “difference between being able to continue or to totally destock”.
“Without the assistance that we’ve actually received from the NSW Government through the RAA, we would not be able to have helped as many people as we have.
To date, the NSW Government has provided more than $23 million in Donated Fodder Transport subsidies to support rural communities and community organisations.
The NSW Government has a range of grants, subsidies and support services available to assist drought affected primary producers.
For more information on the NSW Government’s more than $1.1 billion drought response package, visit www.droughthub.nsw.gov.au.