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Agricultural natural disaster declared for the Upper Hunter after storms ripped through the region in March

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An agricultural natural disaster has been declared for parts of the Upper Hunter after storms ripped through in March.

The storm tore through the region on March 29 this year causing almost $500,000 in damage.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen says financial relief is now available. 

“The storm caused significant damage to crops, pastures, dams, roads and creek crossings, which will require a great deal of work to restore productivity and function,"

“It is a sad irony of nature that at a time when our region is suffering from dry conditions, part of the electorate was affected by floods."

“The declaration means affected growers can now access low interest loans of up to $130,000 to repair damage suffered as a result of the storms on Friday, 29 March 2019."

“I would encourage growers who have suffered damage to their operations to contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority to access the available assistance,” Michael Johnsen said.

“The Nationals in Government are here to support our amazing local primary producers from these regions."

The declaration applies to the Parishes of Ailsa, Berenderry, Bellaleppa, Borambil, Campbell, Collaroy, Coulson, Cranbourne, Doulagunmala, Howard, Killoe, Mackensie, Merriwa, Nandoura, Tomimbil, Turee, Turill, Watt and part of Hall in the Upper Hunter LGA; and a part of the Hall Parish in the Muswellbrook LGA.

NSW Agricultural Natural Disaster Assistance also provides transport freight subsidies of up to 50 per cent for the carriage of livestock and fodder.

Details on available assistance can be found on the NSW Rural Assistance Authority website at www.raa.nsw.gov.au, or by calling 1800 678 593.

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