NSW Government's "Supporting our Neighbours" Grant
The NSW Government have launched an initiative in which some bushfire-affected landholders will have access to a share of $209 million. Deputy Premier John Barilaro today announced the NSW Government’s ‘Supporting our Neighbours’ project to help cover the cost of rebuilding boundary fences. NSW farmers who have land sharing a boundary with national parks, forestry corporation land, travelling stock reserves, crown reserves, tenured roads and leases, and roads managed by Roads and Maritime Services or local government will be eligible for a share of this funding.
Mr Barilaro said the project would provide a much-needed shot in the arm for regional economies at this critical time. “Under this package, we will provide up to $5,000 per kilometre for the purchase of materials to rebuild existing fences adjoining public lands damaged by the summer fires, which will go a long way to helping farmers cover the cost,” Mr Barilaro said.
He has also started that “this is a great opportunity for all landholders to engage the services of their local contractors at a time when supporting local businesses has never been more vital.” He then stated that “This is about helping bushfire-affected communities get back on their feet and so we are doing everything we can to make sure that happens.”
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the funding would be delivered in the form of a one-off grant also issued retrospectively to help cover expenses landholders had already incurred. “We know this has been a major issue for fire-affected farmers and we’ve listened to those concerns,” Mr Marshall said. “We will have dedicated boundary fence coordinators working with farmers to identify their needs and negotiate with the public land managers to ensure money gets into farmers’ pockets as soon as possible.”
Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the Northern and Southern fires of late 2019 and early 2020 are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences. Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred by landholders replacing fire damaged fencing where a boundary is shared with public lands. Applications open 12 April 2020. Final funds to be allocated by NSW LLS no later than June 30, 2021. All boundary fencing must be completed no later than 31 December 2021.
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