• NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro. (AAP)Source: AAP
The NSW Deputy Premier announces his government has pledged another $310 million in emergency relief for drought-affected communities in the state.
10 May 2020 - 10:35 AM  UPDATED 10 May 2020 - 10:35 AM

The New South Wales government has pledged a $310 million emergency relief boost for drought-affected farmers and communities that will include $28.5 million to continue to support Aboriginal wellbeing services and Royal Flying Doctors Far West Drought Support programs.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said renewing support measures will give certainty to regional drought-affected communities so they can make important stock and business decisions.

 "I'm all too aware that some of our hardest hit communities feel like they have been forgotten due to the bushfires and COVID-19, and that rain in recent months may have left some people in the city with the impression that the drought is over," Mr Barilaro said in a statement on Sunday.

"My message to farmers and regional communities still battling this drought is that you are not alone."

In addition to supporting Aboriginal wellbeing services and the Royal Flying Doctors Far West Drought Support programs, the $28.5 million will extend existing water licence fee waivers for stock, domestic, general and high security water users, and continue general health and well-being programs such as the Farmgate Counsellors program. 

The funding boost also includes $116 million to continue the Drought Transport subsidy, and $99 million to assist with vehicle registration costs for eligible primary producers and continue the waiving of Local Land Services rates, bee site permits, Western Lands lease rent and wild dog fence rates.

"We have seen good rainfall across the state in recent months but we need to make sure the dollars continue to flow to keep our farmers and regional communities going," Mr Barilaro said.

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