The harvest is well and truly under way in our region and the NSW Government has been working with farmers, grain receivers and transport operators to ensure this year’s crop is moved safely and efficiently.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said recent rains have meant a bumper season for many farmers in the region and now it is imperative that crops are moved as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“The 2020/21 grain harvest is set to be one of the best in many years and my NSW Nationals colleagues and I are supporting the industry by ensuring the movement of freight will run as smoothly as possible so we can make the most of the season,” he said.
“Farmers in our region have been doing it tough and the last thing they need is another barrier to getting back on their feet which is why we are simplifying the process of getting crops to the silo.
“This is the next step in the NSW Nationals’ commitment to supporting farmers as they recover from drought with more than $4 billion in drought support measures already delivered.”
Minister for Regional Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Nationals are cutting red tape to make life easier for farmers and the agriculture sector.
“Higher Productivity Vehicle access to priority grain sites will be made available through special drought recovery access arrangements,” he said.
“The expanded access for road trains will be in place for freight operators and farmers until 30 September 2021 to assist freight movements after a prolonged period of drought.”
The Grain Harvest Management Scheme will also be extended until 30 June 2021. This scheme allows up to five per cent leeway when determining load limits in the paddock and improves the safe and productive movement of grain.