More support for farming businesses vulnerable to drought

Farming businesses vulnerable to severe drought conditions need more support from the ACT Government, Shadow Minister for Business Andrew Wall said.
Last year, the ACT Government agreed to provide 12 months drought assistance to struggling Canberra farmers following a push by the Canberra Liberals.
Today in the Assembly, Mr Wall will call on the Government to extend drought relief to ACT farming businesses and ensure valid applications for a freight subsidy scheme are considered retrospectively from July 31, 2019. The Government’s 50 per cent freight transport subsidy scheme expired in July this year.
“The drought is not over. We are in the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades; its devastating impact is still being felt by many ACT farmers,” Mr Wall said.
“Now is not the time to dry up drought relief to struggling ACT farming businesses.
“ACT farming businesses compete in the same market as their NSW counterparts so it’s imperative they can operate on an equal playing field. An extension of drought relief measures will match what has already been put in place by the NSW Government.
“The ACT needs to continue its support for struggling farmers to help see them through severe drought conditions,” Mr Wall said.