Local, Independant and Effective
November 10, 2016

Delays for dairy farmer assistance to be addressed after Minister commits to meeting

Relief may be in sight for dairy farmers facing long waits to get financial assistance. Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has received a commitment from the government to a round-table meeting in Indi to address the delays.

Ms McGowan asked Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce for the commitment in parliament today. The Minister delegated Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie to conduct the round-table meeting to address actions needed to clear the backlog. There have been delays of up to 20 weeks for dairy farming families to receive assistance.

“There are more than 100 dairy farming families in North East Victoria, with up to 60 per cent in need of assistance, and 20 per cent are desperate,” Ms McGowan said.

“I met with representatives from the Departments of Agriculture and Human Services earlier this week to explain their plight, and it was good to get the Minister’s assurance today that the issues would be addressed.

“The difficulty our dairy farmers have had in getting assistance has now been heard by the people who have the power to do something about it. This is a good first step towards making sure the money flows where it is needed more quickly.”

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