Calling all producers in drought and fire affected areas !

There are grants of up to $25,000 for Emergency Water Infrastructure in drought affected areas and $15,000 Fire Recovery now available via the Rural Assistance Authority to go towards water infrastructure for your livestock and farm. 

For more information and to apply today, click on the links below or contact your local McGregor Gourlay branch:

FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED FARMERS – CLICK HERE TO APPLY>>  https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/grants/emergency-water-infrastructure-rebate-scheme

FOR FIRE AFFECTED FARMERS – CLICK HERE TO APPLY >> https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/grants/disaster-recovery-grants/bushfires

FOR QUEENSLAND – CLICK HERE FOR GRANTS AVAILABLE >> https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/agriculture/disaster-recovery/drought/assistance-programs  OR go to www.farmhub.org.au and select Queensland.


Emergency Water Infrastructure Grant

You are still able to apply for a rebate of 25% off for on-farm water infrastructure expenses to buy, upgrade and install on farm water infrastructure. Farmers are able to access a 25% rebate, up to $25,000 on new purchases and installation costs of water infrastructure projects on-farm across NSW to help them in the current drought and be better prepared for future dry conditions. NSW rebates are available for expenses incurred after 30 June 2018, up to a maximum of $25,000, until applications close for 30 June 2021. This rebate applies to the purchase and installation of emergency water infrastructure for livestock including:

  • Pipes;
  • Water storage devices such as tanks and troughs associated with stock watering
  • Water pumps
  • De-silting works of existing dams
  • Drilling of new stock water bores and associated power supply such as generators
  • Other materials or equipment necessary to install the above excluding purchase of machinery
  • Any freight component to purchase and install the equipment
  • The professional installation costs to install the water infrastructure
  • Horticulturalists with permanent plantings can apply for a rebate for new bores and dam desilting activities, for invoices from 1 July 2019

To apply for this rebate the following conditions must be met:

  • You are a property owner, share-farmer or lessee in the grazing industry (as confirmed by your Land and Stock Return);
  • Your business operates as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company and trades agricultural products;
  • Your property has, or is at risk of, an emergency animal welfare need – as assessed through submission of a completed water availability statement with your application;
  • As the owner and operator, you earn more than 50% of your gross income from your primary production enterprise under normal seasonal circumstances; OR The owners and operators of the business have commenced their farming operation between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2018 and 50% of their gross income will be derived from the farm business within three years of the date of the application. The applications of new entrants will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • You do not have gross off farm assets exceeding $5,000,000;
  • You purchase and install the water infrastructure for animal welfare needs, because;  water is currently being carted or about to be carted onto your property to supply livestock where water supply has run out; or  your property could be reasonably expected to run out of water before the next expected inflow of water; or  the work will help ensure that stock water is available into the future during adverse seasonal conditions.
  • The water infrastructure is installed for livestock permanently residing on your property and not currently part of an agistment
  • Primary Producers will be eligible to apply through the NSW government for the rebates which will also cover eligible expenses incurred since 1 July 2018
  • Introduction of purchased stock after 1 July 2018 may affect your eligibility and will be reviewed on a case by case basis;
  • As a Commonwealth fund, recipients of NSW Drought Assistance Fund and Farm Innovation Fund are eligible to apply for water infrastructure projects funded from 1 July 2018.
  • For invoices dated from 1 July 2019, horticulturalists with permanent plantings can apply for new bores and dam de-silting activities.

NSW Bushfires Recovery Grant – from 31 August 2019

Disaster recovery grants of up to $15,000 are now available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires that have occurred from 31 August 2019.To find out if you are eligible view the LGAs affected and the Guidelines below.
Date of Declaration Disaster recovery grants available in Local Government Areas Closing date
3 January 2020 Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Mid-Western, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shoalhaven, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys 3 July 2020
23 December 2019 Wingecarribee, Wollondilly 23 June 2020
18 December 2019 Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Hawkesbury, Cessnock, Central Coast, Singleton, 18 June 2020
24 November 2019 Armidale, Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Mid-Coast, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Tweed and Walcha. 24 May


For more information or assistance with your application, do not hesitate to contact your local McGregor Gourlay branch  https://mcgregorgourlay.com.au/contact/