NSW Farmers call for natural disaster declaration

NSW Farmers is calling for natural disaster declarations to allow relief funds to be dispatched as heavy rains continue to affect vast parts of the state, causing widespread flood damage. State and federal leaders had promised to make disaster assistance available to affected communities after flooding in the Lachlan Valley last week, but since then farming regions right across the state had been inundated, with predictions of further flooding in already-drenched areas.

NSW Farmers Grains Committee Chair Justin Everitt said members across the state were reporting paddocks underwater, with the focus moving from saving the harvest to minimizing damage to the land. Declarations of natural disasters would allow government grants and concessional loans to be handed out, while additional support for local government will be needed to repair flood-damaged roads, particularly in regional communities.

Source: nswfarmers.org.au

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