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Newstart payments for Victorian farmers

Libby Price, Wednesday March 12, 2014 - 16:47 EDT
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When the Abbott Government announced its drought assistance package, it was assumed only farmers in drought areas of NSW and Queensland were eligible.

But part of the program is available in Victoria.

Pat Timmons is the rural financial counsellor at Mildura.

He has just returned from a meeting in Canberra where it was clarified that any farmers can apply for the Newstart and household support allowances if they can prove hardship.

Mr Timmons says "the means testing has been eased so now farms worth up to $2.5 million can be considered. Theoretically a farmer in any part of the State can apply".

Mr Timmons is helping grape growers in the Sunraysia with their applications.

For further information ring the Farmers Assistance Hotline 13 23 16, or contact your local rural financial counsellor.

The assistance has been available since March 1.


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