STARTING this week, Macleay based dairy farmers can apply for grants through the Energy Efficient Communities program to make their energy use more efficient and reduce power bills.
Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan welcomed the national grant program officially kicked off by the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor.
"These grants will provide financial support at a time when many dairy producers could use some assistance," Mr Conaghan said.
"The energy needed for use in milk cooling, milk harvesting and hot water production is one of the highest overheads in the dairy industry - it can cost dairy farmers anywhere up to $12,800 per 100 cows each year.
"Dairy farmers have been in a price squeeze from an imbalanced market for a long time, but it is finally being rectified through the mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct which saw dairy processors publish relevant contractual documents on their websites from June 1."
The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Climate Solutions Package in the 2019 Federal Budget.
A total of $10 million has been made available for the dairy round.
Funding will be available in each state in proportion to the number of dairy farms.
Grant guidelines and application forms for the dairy round are available at business.gov.au, or by calling 13 28 46.
Applications close August 17, 2020.
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