Additional disaster assistance will be available to help primary producers affected by the Sunraysia storm late last year.
Visiting Mildura today, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, announced that recovery grants of up to $10,000 will be available to eligible primary producers in the Mildura and Swan Hill Rural City Councils.
This ensures Victorian growers have access to assistance on par with that offered to New South Wales growers following the storm.
The recovery grants are in addition to concessional low interest rate loans already assisting affected growers in the region.
Mr Andrews has also written to the Federal Government requesting the activation of Category C Recovery Grants, to further help local growers get back on their feet.
The December 3 storm caused significant damage to crops in the Sunraysia region, particularly table and wine grape crops.
Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews
“The Labor Government is helping Victorian growers get back on their feet after the Sunraysia storm.”
“I’ll continue to fight for Category C assistance from the Federal Government to ensure local growers get the support they need to get their businesses back up and running.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford
“The recovery grants will give our Sunraysia growers a much needed boost.”
“I encourage all Victorian primary producers who suffered direct physical impact as a result of the storm to contact Rural Finance Victoria and determine their eligibility for the grants.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020