Joint Media Release
Helping SA's farm water go the distance
Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud
South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone
8 February 2019
SA and Federal Government invest $5 million in emergency water infrastructure
Drought-hit livestock farmers can claim up to 25% on new water infrastructure
Part of the $50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme
The Federal Coalition and South Australian Governments are delivering $5 million in Federal rebates for drought affected livestock farmers who invest in on-farm water infrastructure.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the rebate will help SA farmers in drought buy and install new water infrastructure to improve drought resilience.
"Water efficiency is always important and during the drought it's vital," said Minister Littleproud.
"Farmers can claim up to a quarter of the costs to have new on-farm infrastructure put in.
"The rebate will help improve farm resilience and protect livestock.
"Some farmers have been facing drought for years and we're standing shoulder to shoulder with them so they can get through it and prepare for future droughts."
South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said providing a rebate for water infrastructure will assist South Australian communities impacted by drought.
"The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme will provide a 25 per cent rebate up to $25,000 for eligible water infrastructure designed to enhance drought resilience for farmers in South Australia," said Minister Whetstone.
"As many parts of South Australia battle dry conditions, it is important the Australian and South Australian governments work together to deliver vital support to farmers and communities.
"This rebate scheme will help to ensure long-term viability and preparedness against drought conditions and provide financial assistance to install infrastructure for crops and livestock."
As part of the $50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme, the rebate applies to new purchases and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, distilling dams, and associated power supplies such as generators.
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