National Netting Program progressingIndustry Advocacy
At the end of 2019, the Federal Government made a series of announcements regarding the establishment of a Netting Program for the Apple and Pear industry. In total $24m was announced in funding for the industry across Australia.
The introduction of this program has been a core policy of APAL and first submitted the proposal to government in January 2019.
The Government’s original plan was to release the guidelines in the early part of 2020, however this was delayed due to the bushfires, change of the Federal Agriculture Minister, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
APAL has been in regular contact with the Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud and his office regarding the implementation of the program.
At a recent meeting with in Canberra, the Minister advised that the Government is still progressing the program but wanted to ensure that it was more equitably distributed across the country. Originally, there were inconsistencies in the amounts allocated across the states.
It is still understood South Australia will receive a proportionally larger amount in response to recent hailstorms, as well as the program covering other sectors other than apples and pears. APAL also understands the grants will be made available for new netting and for the replacement of damaged netting, and that the state governments will be directly involved in the implementation of the program. Under the original proposal, 50:50 grants of up to $300,000 were going to be made available for eligible growers, however, there is the potential that this amount may be reviewed.
We are hopeful that an announcement will be made shortly.
Any questions, please contact Jeremy Griffith, Head of Government Relations on 0467 817 142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.