Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate
The NSW Government has announced $20 million in additional support for farmers to establish permanent water infrastructure to assist with the immediate water supply needs and long-term risk mitigation for the farm enterprise.
The Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) scheme aims to help severely drought affected livestock producers install on-farm water infrastructure such as pipelines, bores, tanks and troughs.
The availability of rebates is subject to funds being available. No rebates will be offered beyond the allocated funding of $20 million. The scheme will close on 30 June 2015 or when the funding allocation is exhausted.
Case studies - read how this vital financial assistance has helped farmers become more resilient and better able to cope with drought.
The rebate is 50 per cent of the cost of purchase, delivery and if applicable, the labour cost to engage a person to install water infrastructure installed for animal welfare needs. The maximum that can be claimed is $20,000 per farm enterprise. The maximum amount includes any rebate already received under this program since November 2013.
Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Deficiency Report
Applicants must submit a valid Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Deficiency Report as part of their application. Applications without a valid report will not be processed.
The report identifies those areas that have experienced a rainfall deficiency which is equivalent to, or worse than, a 1 in 50 year rainfall event (a rainfall deficiency at or below the 2nd percentile or within the lowest 2% of rainfall records) for 12 months or more whole continuous months within the last two years:
(If your report indicates that you are located in this area, your report will be considered evidence that the financial impacts being experienced by your farm business are a result of the effects of drought)
If your farm business is not located in a 1 in 50 year rainfall deficient area, you are not currently eligible for assistance under the EWIR.
To obtain a Rainfall Deficiency Report, locate your farm business on the map and download a report using the Bureau of Meteorology – Australian Rainfall Deficiency Analyser. To locate your farm business on the map, you can enter latitude and longitude coordinates of your farm business or you can zoom and click on the location of your property on the map. Once you have located your farm business, an option to download a Rainfall Deficiency Report becomes available. You can use a hard copy map, smartphone application or internet search to find the latitudes and longitudes of your farm business.
Your Rainfall Deficiency Report will be valid for a period of 60 days and forms part of your application. If you are unable to lodge your application within the 60 day period you will need to request a new report.
It is important to note that the Bureau of Meteorology updates the rainfall deficiency data used for the summary maps and reports on the 23rd of each month (or next business day). These updates may affect which areas have experienced eligible rainfall deficiencies within the previous 24 months. This may in turn affect the eligibility of your farm business for the EWIR .
When assessing applicants, NSW RAA will verify the information provided by applicants in their applications.