Hon Judi Moylan

Budget 2004 - Pearce farmers and farming families to benefit from Government commitment to rural Aus

Member for Pearce Judi Moylan said the Australian Government was committed to rural Australia. She said traditional farming areas across Pearce, such as Bindoon, Boddington, Brookton, Narrogin, Williams, Pingelly, York, Northam and Toodyay and their surrounding communities would benefit from the continuation of this commitment through three schemes – Farm Help – Supporting Families Through the Change, FarmBis and drought relief. The Budget will provide $134.9 million over the next four years towards the Australia-wide program, Farm Help – Supporting Families through the Change, which gives farming families choices by providing eligible families with income support to pay bills, professional business advice and has a new focus of supporting low-income farmers who can no longer borrow against their assets. The program also helps eligible farmers choosing to leave the farm. Ms Moylan said they would be compensated with a re-establishment grant which had increased from $45,000 to $50,000. She said the successful FarmBis program had received an extra $66.7 million over four years. Ms Moylan urged primary producers to apply for the FarmBis funding allocated for subsidised life-learning training and education. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon Warren Truss said the Australian Government commitment to farming communities battling drought would reach $1.1 billion by the end of 2005-06.

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