NSW Farmers urges Australians looking for work to give farm work a go, especially by relocating to regional areas for temporary harvest work or other long-term farm work.
Under the new banner of AgMove, the federal government has introduced more flexible incentives. It will mean Australians will be eligible for up to $2,000 in relocation assistance when they complete just 40 hours of agricultural work over a two-week period, reduced from six weeks.
If workers continue in agricultural work and complete 120 hours across at least four weeks, they will be eligible for reimbursement of up to $6,000 for Australian workers and up to $2,000 for temporary visa holders.
Local branch members strongly support this initiative.
Locally we have so far been fortunate not to have been badly impacted by the mouse plague which is devastating farms and communities across much of the State.
NSW Farmers and the CWA have joined forces in calling for the state government to implement a mouse plague financial package, which resulted in a $50 million support for farmers and rural communities.
The package includes assistance with grain treatment for farmers and rebates for small businesses and households. There is widespread concern about the significant financial and health impacts faced by farmers and the impacted communities.
Remember to do your bit to help producers and our local economy by purchasing Australian grown and produced items and shop locally whenever possible.
Finally, NSW Farmers Goulburn Branch members wish to congratulate the local producers and equine competitors who were successful exhibitors at Sydney Royal Show.
For more information visit www.nswfarmers.org.au or contact regional services manager Dave Banham on 0428 41 1221.
- Margaret Cameron is NSW Farmers Goulburn branch chair.