January 29, 2013
NSW Farmers today launched a special fencing fund for farmers suffering hardship as a result of severe bushfires in NSW. The association’s President Fiona Simson said our thoughts are with everyone who has been severely affected by the bushfires here in NSW and elsewhere. “At NSW Farmers, we understand times like these can be extremely hard – emotionally, physically but also financially,” she said. “We want to do everything we can to support our farmers to help alleviate just some of the many issues they face after a bushfire. “With fencing being such a high cost and priority for farmers to repair after a fire, we thought it was the best way we could help our farmers. “Our association has already received several generous offers totalling more than $15,000 from people in rural and regional NSW but we know there are many more who would like to get behind our state’s food and fibre producers and we encourage them to do so.” Official figures indicate there is more than 3,500km of fencing damaged by fires with the real number likely to be much higher following the number of fires across the state this summer. Ms Simson said NSW Farmers had been actively involved in helping farmers during the bushfires and had also launched a fodder register with the Department of Primary Industry. All donations, 100 percent of which will go directly to farmers’ fencing repairs, can be made to NSW Farmers’ Association Natural Disaster Relief Fund at NSW Farmers’ website.