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Drought funding redirected toward eastern states

By Eliza Borrello and staff, Thursday November 7, 2013 - 07:17 EDT

The Federal Government is reallocating drought funding to help farmers in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Under the changes, Queensland's share will rise by $20 million to $50 million this financial year.

The money will be available as concessional loans to viable debt-laden farmers.

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory will receive less.

"What we have to do is make sure that we get the process moving to where the need is greatest," he said.

"The other thing about the Northern Territory obviously is it's got vastly fewer farms than say New South Wales and Victoria or Queensland.

"The package they are still receiving is comparable in size if you take it down to a per-farm basis."

Mr Joyce says some of the money will be sourced from unallocated funds originally destined for projects under the Caring for our Country and Landcare programs.

"The form of funding that is used from the Landcare package, the way the money is used is not described when you allocate it to Landcare," he said.

"As long as it is to assist the Landcare, and certainly having a more dispersed delivery or water across the country is assisting."


© ABC 2013

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