Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

SA farmers lose out from drought relief delay

Wendy Collis, Thursday December 5, 2013 - 10:53 EDT
ABC image
Rural Business Support say negotiations have cost farmers millions - ABC

A rural financial counsellor says delays in finalising the Commonwealth's Farm Finance scheme in South Australia have cost farmers millions.

South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have finally signed up to the scheme, weeks after the eastern mainland states.

Rural Business Support manager Kaye Matthias says the state and federal governments should have agreed to the scheme earlier in the year, not yesterday.

"Well, it is a shame that it hadn't been settled earlier, and I know there were some protracted negotiations between the Commonwealth and the State Government.

"But yes, if it had been signed off we wouldn't have been faced with that situation of losing $10 million, so it is unfortunate from that perspective."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

NSW weather: Lachlan River peaks in heavy Forbes flooding; SES continuing to monitor situation

11:26 EST

Forbes' Lachlan River in central west New South Wales has peaked, the State Emergency Service says, with at least .

Lachlan River flooding to last weeks

11:12 EST

Major flooding will continue to affect central western New South Wales well into October, with another round of rain imminent.

Adelaide weather: Heavy rain forecast to drench city and Hills

08:44 EST

SES and weather bureau officials are due to meet today to prepare for heavy rain forecast for later this week across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.