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WA announces 2007 Dry Season Assistance Scheme; grants of up to $8000 to help minimise impacts of drought

Posted by waterweek on 26 September 2007

WA Premier Alan Carpenter announced a $9.3 million drought assistance package – the 2007 Dry Season Assistance Scheme (DSAS) – for farmers in the WA wheatbelt to enable struggling farmers to apply for grants of up to $8000 to help minimise impacts of the drought, reported Farm Weekly, (30/08/2007, p.4).

Phased assistance: “Initially, the assistance package will be available to farmers in the shires of Chapman Valley, Dalwallinu, Koorda, Merredin, Morawa, Mount Marshall, Mukinbudin, Mullewa, Northampton, Perenjori, Three Springs, Trayning, Westonia and Yilgarn,” Carpenter said. “Other shires will continue to be monitored as the season progresses and assistance considered if required.”

To cover overall costs of drought: According to Carpenter, farmers could use the grants to cover one or a combination of costs incurred in managing the effects of the drought. These included costs for freight on agistment, fodder or water, de-stocking, the improvement of farm water supplies, developing feedlot infrastructure, access to professional advice or for any other essential farm business expense agreed by the Agriculture Department.

Farm Weekly, 30/8/2007, p. 4


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