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Exceptional Circumstances PM Announcement 16/10/06

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Further to the Prime Ministers announcement, the Office of Federal Minister for Agriculture, Peter McGauran, has informed me that:

The announcement today applies to the Goulburn, Loddon and Campaspe statistical areas in Victoria.

The announcement of extension of EC status until 31/3/08 and it no longer being restricted to irrigated dairy farmers means that all primary producers in those areas will be eligible to apply for measures such as:

– Interest rate subsidies
– Income support

This includes orchardists and grape growers (in those areas) impacted by the severe frosts a few weeks ago.

North East (NE) Victoria was not included in this announcement as EC status in NE Victoria had already been extended to 31/3/07.

Further announcements are expected in a few days and I have stressed again to Mr McGauran’s office the impact of drought, frost and likely tobacco industry cessation to primary producers and communities in NE Victoria.

I am therefore hopeful that we will be advised in a few days of changes to the EC declaration in NE Victoria which will benefit all primary producers in NE Victoria.

I will continue to advocate strongly to both Federal and State Governments for support for all affected sections of our country communities.

Bill Sykes MP
Member for Benalla


Written by Greg Naylor

16 October 2006 at 9:01 pm

Posted in media release

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