Bittersweet news for growers
Tweed canegrowers and small businesses are receiving $10,000 less compensation compared to their colleagues in Queensland and Victoria.
Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest said the growers and businesses have been short-changed after being hit hard by heavy rains over the past few months.
Mr Provest said he was now lobbying for equal funding.
“I started lobbying New South Wales Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan before Christmas,” Mr Provest said.
“I was initially pleased when he announced relief grants of up to $15,000 would be made available.”
Mr Provest said he was then informed farmers from other states were receiving a more substantial relief package.
“It now turns out that farmers north and south of the NSW border are getting up to $25,000 from the flood relief package which is jointly funded by the Federal and State governments,” Mr Provest said. “It is just another case of Sydney Labor discriminating against the people of the Tweed and regional NSW.”
After the recent heavy rainfall and flooding, Mr Provest toured the damaged cane fields and witnessed the destruction.
“When I wrote to Steve Whan, asking for help, I even enclosed photos of local damage,” Mr Provest said.
“Tweed growers aren’t looking for a handout, but they are definitely deserving of a hand-up.”
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and NSW Premier Kristina Keneally recently announced the additional Commonwealth-NSW Government assistance known as one-off “Category C grants”.