APAL welcomes Federal funding for Apple Industry Bushfire Recovery ProgramIndustry Advocacy
APAL has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of $31 million of funding to support NSW and SA growers and their communities rebuild following the devastating summer fires.
The Federal Government announced yesterday it will match growers’ contributions up to $120,000 per hectare to rebuild iconic apple growing regions in Batlow and Bilpin in NSW and the Adelaide Hills in SA.
Specific guidelines regarding the funding, including exactly what the funding will be used for, is still to be released.
APAL CEO Phil Turnbull said the funding announcement was especially welcome given the significant and ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the Australian community and the economy.
“The funding provides much needed practical assistance to fund these orchards which have been destroyed,” he said.
“It will also kickstart employment and provide a boost to the local economies.”
The funding is in addition to the NSW Government’s chain support grants announced in May.
APAL’s ‘Build Back Better: Apple Industry Bushfire Recovery Program’, developed in partnership with local growers, and presented to state and federal governments outlines a five-year road map for the local apple and pear industry to rebuild stronger and more resilient.
“Today’s announcement delivers welcome assistance for grower communities as they start the long and difficult road to recovery.”
This year has also demonstrated the critical importance of local food production.
“The announcement will also ensure Australians continue to enjoy great quality, locally produced apples for years to come.”
APAL will advise of how to apply as soon as the information is available.