Primary producers and small businesses impacted by recent fires in the Northern Tablelands, North Coast and Mid North Coast have received welcome relief with the announcement of $15,000 recovery grants.

NSW Nationals Agriculture Minister and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall welcomed the announcement, saying it was critical to help farmers get back on their feet.

“Our State’s farmers have already been battling the worst drought on record and recent fires have been an absolute kick in the teeth,” Mr Marshall said.

“This announcement of $15,000 recovery grants for farmers and small businesses impacted by the fires is welcome news, and will help our hard-working farmers get back on their feet.

“This cash will assist farmers to rebuild their businesses and fix the damage caused by these unprecedented fires.

“For many it will mean cash in the pocket to rebuild fences, purchase new equipment and procure feed and fodder.”

The $48.5 million recovery package also includes $18.2 million in funding for targeted community projects as well as mental health support.

“These fires have not only devastated farms and small businesses – they’ve also sent an absolute shockwave through entire communities,” Mr Marshall said.

“That’s why I’m pleased the fire recovery package includes grants for targeted community projects as well as mental health support.

“I encourage farmers and small businesses who have been impacted by the recent fires to get in touch with the NSW Rural Assistance Authority and apply for grant assistance.”

To apply for a recovery grant contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.