Joint media release: Calare farmers encouraged to apply for second round of Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

14 July 2021

Minister for Resources and Water, the Hon Keith Pitt MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, the Hon Andrew Gee MP

The second round of the Emergency Water Infrastructure Scheme has opened to Calare farmers and local MPs are urging farmers to access these funds to improve their drought infrastructure.

Minister Pitt said the first round of the scheme had been hugely popular and provided drought-affected primary producers and horticulture farmers the opportunity to get a rebate to buy and install on-farm water infrastructure to water livestock and permanent plantings.

“In Calare, rebates worth about $1 million, have been paid to 180 successful applicants through Round 1 – making sure farmers have real support to withstand current and future droughts,” Minister Pitt said.

“The Coalition Government is about delivering this sort of practical support so that farmers can get on and do what they do best – feed and clothe people in Australia and around the world.

“The Calare region is famous for its mixed farming, fruit, vineyards, meat and wool processing and this rebate scheme can deliver for those farmers when they’re impacted by drought.”

Member for Calare and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the Coalition Government’s decision to extend the program until 30 June 2022 meant more of the region’s farmers could benefit.

“Our primary producers across Calare have done it tough, battling the big dry for more than three years, and then there were local bushfires, floods and mouse plagues. Throughout the devastation, farmers in our region showed incredible resilience – and continue to do so as they press on with drought recovery efforts,” Minister Gee said.

“This vital assistance to our farmers – to cover 25 per cent of the cost of new water infrastructure up to a maximum of $25,000 – helps producers get on with the job and prepare for future drought conditions.

“We know that dry times will come again, and I encourage all our farmers to start preparing now and to consider applying.”

Round 2 of the rebate scheme opened on 1 July 2021, with $30 million in eligible funding.

Application information is available on the Rural Assistance Authority website.