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Prime Minister visits Batlow

Industry Advocacy
Batlow fire recovery phil turnbull greg mouat scott morrison michael mccormack

Meeting in Batlow to discuss recovery (from left): Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Batlow grower Greg Mouat, Deputy PM Michael McCormack, and APAL CEO Phil Turnbull.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Michael McCormack met with Batlow growers on 22 January to discuss ways to support the industry and assist with the development of an Apple Industry Bushfire Recovery Plan for regions impacted by bushfires so that the federal government can better assist fire-impacted growers.

Through the last few weeks APAL has met impacted growers and visited all impacted regions, and is currently developing a detailed program to present to the government on costs and the next steps needed to rebuild the industry.

“Over the next period we will be consulting with the regions to make sure we are representing their interests and needs effectively to government,” said APAL CEO Phil Turnbull.

“In addition to the bushfires, we are still prioritising the massive impact of drought across Australia.”

APAL will share further details as they become available.

In the meantime the clean-up continues, with many growers are assessing their properties and beginning work to reinstate infrastructure to secure the current crop and the surviving trees. This list of grants may be relevant to those affected across Australia, though growers should double check eligibility for prospective applications.

Information has been taken from the Funding Centre’s website; they advise that the list may not be complete and may be updated as more info becomes available. If you have questions about each particular grant, you can contact the grant provider.

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