Livestock SA has welcomed the extension of the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, with the SA government agreeing to match $3.7 million in federal government funding for the scheme.
Existing applicants can now claim up to 50 per cent of water infrastructure costs.
The original scheme funding was exhausted after more than 450 landholders applied for the rebate.
In September last year, the state government used additional funding to process existing applications and potential applicants who had already undertaken work and incurred costs.
This funding will allow more drought-affected farmers to access help and install vital on-farm water infrastructure.
The recent Pastoral Lands Bill forum provided producers with the opportunity to express their opinion on the proposed Bill.
Livestock SA continues to work with the Minister of Primary Industries and Regions David Basham and engage with a range of interest groups to provide comment on the Pastoral Lands Bill.
Livestock SA’s stance on the proposed Bill has not changed from the recent submission in October 2020 (visit the Livestock SA website for more information).
However, we will be in contact with pastoral members this month to discuss any further issues they are facing in the pastoral region.
Last month, Livestock SA held its Southern Region Meeting in Robe which provided a great opportunity to network with producers face-to-face once again.
Guest speaker Jim Cornolo from CMV Trucks/Barry Maney Group gave an insightful presentation on family business and the transport sector.
Updates were also provided on projects funded by the Sheep and Cattle Industry Funds, the launch of the new SA Sheep Industry Blueprint, Revitalising Private Conservation in SA grants and the Large-Scale Deer Traps project which has now started in SA.
Livestock SA continues to provide input into the development of the new Biosecurity Act.
If members would like to provide input, please contact Livestock SA Policy Officers Deane Crabb or Michele Walter at the Livestock SA office on (08) 8297 2299.
JOE KEYNES, President, Livestock SA
Read the March newsletter online.