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Federal Government ministers visit Batlow as growers assess bushfire damage

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Batlow growers are determined to rebuild after devastating bushfires.

On a daily basis APAL is receiving reports on the toll of the bushfires on the Batlow apple orchards. As the industry assess the impacts, the fighting spirit is evident in Batlow growers, who vow to rebuild. 

Yesterday in Batlow, APAL Director Greg Mouat, hosted Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Michael McCormack and Federal Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie. They toured around the affected apple orchards devastated by the recent bushfires, inspecting the damage.

The immediate key priority is to get water into the orchards and to assess the health and viability of their trees.

In the effort of rebuilding, Greg stated “the industry needs urgent support to replace netting, irrigation, plant and equipment, in addition to general overall disaster support”.

The visit and response by the Federal Government was very well received, and Greg highlighted the issues were not just isolated to Batlow but to the other apple regions impacted including the Adelaide Hills and Bilpin in the Blue Mountains.

Federal Government Ministers meeting directly with growers is another important step in our recovery. APAL continues to support growers along side Government to develop programs to rebuild the industry. Please call APAL on 03 9329 3511 if you require any support during this period.

Natural Disaster Grants for NSW Primary Producers

In August last year the NSW Government’s Rural Assistance Authority established Natural Disaster Grants for Primary Producers. For those growers based in NSW you may be to access grants of up to $15,000 per farm business for clean-up and immediate restoration costs. Click here to find out more.

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