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Brewarrina's calls for EC help

Tuesday November 26, 2013 - 09:11 EDT
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A newborn calf stands by its dead mother in a paddock near Brewarrina November, 2013 - ABC

The Brewarrina Shire Council is calling for the federal government to re-introduce "exceptional circumstances" funding until a new drought policy can be formed.

The council wants the state's Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson, to order the DPI to plead the case to the Commonwealth.

Mayor, Matthew Slacksmith, says while the state government's recent drought assistance package has helped ease the pressure on farmers, a long term strategy from the Abbott Government is also required.

"Until they come up with a new drought policy I think they really should just revert back to the old drought policy in the interim," he said.

"I believe that technically it's possible, we wouldn't be asking for a great heap of money at once, it's more a change of policy in the interim until they can formulate their new drought policy."

He says while the existing measures are a smart move for the future, they're useless at the moment.

"What they came out with was good in the long term but the drought preparation things, it's like having ice berg awareness meetings on the Titanic.

"They're very good, but we need help now, and not to know about it.

"We don't need the awareness classes, the event's happened and needs to be dealt with now."


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