Local canegrowers reach out

TWEED canefarmers have been applying for government assistance after heavy rainfall damaged their crops.

The canegrowers began applying after Prime Minister Julia Gillard and NSW Premier Kristina Keneally announced additional Commonwealth-NSW Government assistance for NSW primary producers and small businesses affected by flooding.

The Gillard and Keneally governments activated a package of one-off “Category C grants” worth up to $15,000 under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the canefarmers were deserving of the assistance.

“I have been told a number of people have applied for the fund,” Mr Provest said.

“If any of the canegrowers need help with the funding application, my office is available to help.”

Tweed canefarmer Robert Quirk said the heavy rainfall and flooding in the region has caused crops to be severely damaged.

“We have done a preliminary assessment and the crops are down by 30 to 40 per cent.

“For next year, planting and replanting will have to go up by 40 per cent,” Mr Quirk said.



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