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Recovery grants for primary producers in Western Australia

Staff Writer |
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Fran Logan announced that recovery grants are now available to help primary producers in Lake Grace, Ravensthorpe and Swan who were severely affected by flooding in January and February 2017.

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The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Minister Keenan said today's announcement recognises that the Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to supporting affected primary producers that need additional help to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

"Importantly, the recovery grants announced today are on top of the low interest rate loans and freight subsidies that have already been made available to farmers affected by the floods", Keenan said.

Minister Logan said farmers in these areas have lost more than $80 million in production due to the long term damage caused by the flooding.

"The grants being announced today will help farmers with their recovery by funding clean-up and reinstatement activities, including salvaging crops, replacing pasture, purchasing fodder and repairing damaged equipment and machinery", Logan said.

The Australian and Western Australian governments will continue to work together to ensure that communities have access to the assistance they need.

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