Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebates Reopened For Local Farmers

30 Jun 2021

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today welcomed the NSW Government opening round two of the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) Scheme which allows local primary producers across our region to make applications from today.

Mr Ward said that the Scheme enabled eligible primary producers to access a 25 per cent rebate, up to $25,000, on new purchases and installation costs of new water infrastructure such as bores, dams and pipes.

“The Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme was immensely popular the first time around and I can’t wait to see local farmers across our region make the most of it to help drought-proof their properties,” he said.

“The NSW Government and the Commonwealth have each put $15 million on the table, giving primary producers a $30 million pool to apply through.

“That means more bores, dams and pipes on farms across NSW and our local area so that landholders are better prepared for drought events,” Mr Ward said.

To make an application through the EWIR Scheme should please visit the Rural Assistance Authority website at: https://industrynsw.tfaforms.net/f/RAA-Emergency-Water-Infrastructure-EOI

“There’s nothing more important than supporting our primary producers to invest in infrastructure that will make them more resilient next time the inevitable drought hits,” he said.

“Local farmers know that the best drought preparation is done in the good times and while they enjoy some of the best conditions in recent memory, now is the time to prepare,” Mr Ward said.

The EWIR scheme is jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Governments, administered by the Rural Assistance Authority.

I can confirm that the New South Wales Government has committed more than $4 billion in drought and water infrastructure support.