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Water rebate eligibility tool for farmers

27 February 2015
Drought-affected farmers applying for funding under the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) scheme can use a new calculator to test their eligibility.
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The Bureau of Meteorology developed the Rainfall Deficiency Analyser to help farmers calculate their eligibility for the EWIR.

Farmers must be experiencing a 1 in 50 year rainfall deficiency for 12 months or more to be eligible.

The EWIR helps farmers:

  • Deal with the short-term challenge of providing water to livestock.
  • Install on-farm water infrastructure such as pipelines, bores, tanks and troughs.
  • Better manage their farms’ long term risks.
  • Be more prepared for future droughts.

The NSW Government committed an extra $20 million to the EWIR last month as part of its Drought Strategy, which delivers more than $300 million in drought assistance and preparedness measures.

Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said the strategy invests funding into a transparent and accountable system of drought assistance that is administered according to measured rainfall data, not regional drought declarations drawn as lines on maps.

“The emergency water infrastructure rebate is 50% of the cost of purchase, delivery and if applicable, the labour cost to engage a person to install water infrastructure for animal welfare needs, to a maximum of $20, 000,” said Ms Hodgkinson.

To obtain a Rainfall Deficiency Report, farmers locate their farm business on the map and download a report using the Bureau of Meteorology – Australian Rainfall Deficiency Analyser.

The availability of rebates is subject to funds being available. No rebates will be offered beyond the allocated funding of $20 million. The scheme will close on 30 June 2015 or when the funding allocation is exhausted.

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