Macleay winemakers can now apply for up to $10,000 if they experienced crop loss because of smoke taint from the Black Summer bushfires.
The grape harvest for the 2020 vintage has been severely impacted by smoke taint, and many winemakers have found it challenging to access the existing $75,000 primary producer assistance grant.
"This new $5 million fund help winegrowers in Cowper recover from the bushfires," Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said.
"Grants of up to $10,000, matched by a co-contribution, are now available for wine grape producers who experienced crop loss because of smoke taint from the bushfires and have not accessed the $75,000 primary producer grant.
"People who had their home destroyed in the bushfire and who have not yet contacted Laing O'Rourke to have the debris cleaned up for free should do so by calling 1800 007 539."
Further assistance measures have been announced for the forestry industry, with a $40 million Forestry Recovery Development Fund, and $10 million for the establishment of storage facilities for processed timber products, fire-affected logs and other forestry products.
For more information about bushfire relief funding visit bushfirerecovery.com.au.
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