A $50 million support package has been allocated by the Australian Government for households, local businesses and farmers to combat the mice plague currently impacting regional NSW.
NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said communities right across the Central West and Western NSW have done it tough off the back of drought, bushfires and floods, and this mice plague is devastating communities who are already suffering.
“I have received a lot of feedback from communities that we needed to act on this mice plague so I am pleased to announce the NSW Government is coming to the table with this $50 million support package,” Sam said.
“I know the impacts of this infestation run deep through the community. Under this package households will be able to apply for rebates of up to $500 and small businesses will be eligible to claim up to $1,000 through Service NSW.”
Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro said these rebates will help small businesses and households meet the cost of purchasing baits and grain treatment will be available for impacted farmers free of charge.
“We know the financial pressure this mice plague is putting on farmers and household budgets. We have heard the concerns and we are acting on them,” John said.