Published on Jun 9, 2020

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Bushfire-impacted dairy farmers, fruit growers and forestry businesses are set to benefit from recovery funding to help them get back on their feet and back to work, thanks to the NSW Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package.

From drought to bushfires and now a pandemic, these grants will ensure key driver industries continue to generate jobs and economic growth for regional NSW.

Targeted grants will be available to help the forestry, horticulture, apiculture, aquaculture, viticulture, and dairy industries retain and create jobs and support them to rebuild, recover and regrow.

Funding will be available in two streams, with an initial focus on supply chain support grants that will help cover the cost of resuming and maintaining production.

This will include activities such as:

  • clean up of damaged orchards and equipment
  • repair and site clean-up of vineyards
  • beekeepers feed for their hives
  • purchase of oyster spat to replace oysters killed
  • re-establishing dairy pastures; and
  • haulage and storage of burnt forestry and timber

The second funding stream will support projects that assisted affected industries create new jobs, build industry sustainability, projects that add value to increase production and support supply-chain efficiencies.

Funding for projects like adoption of new manufacturing processes, technology upgrades, productivity improvements for cooperative facilities and industry wide marketing campaigns will assist with the recovery process and boost future industry resilience.

This package is in addition to the more than $80 million that has already been put back into farmers’ pockets through the Special Disaster Grant program, which gives bushfire-affected farmers access to a one-off payment of up to $75,000 to assist with recovery.

Applications are now open for eligible bushfire impacted forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries.

For further information, including how to apply, important deadlines, program guidelines and eligibility criteria, please visit
www.nsw.gov.au/bushfireindustry-recovery-package