The Honourable Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Government Whip in the Legislative Council and Parliamentary Secretary for Health has welcomed today’s announcement by the NSW and Australian Governments to provide a $6 million grant for the State’s dairy sector, to help navigate its way out of the impacts of bushfires and drought.

Mrs Maclaren-Jones said the $6 million co-investment was part of a $16 million project, with further significant contributions from Dairy Australia, the University of Sydney, the private sector, and the broader state and national dairy industries.

“This funding will deliver significant benefits to the NSW dairy industry and its hardworking farmers right across the State,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“They’ve done it extremely tough through bushfires and drought, but by investing in research and development we are accelerating recovery and building business resilience.

“The multi-year program will create new jobs, boost investment and diversification and increase productivity.

The $6 million grant is from the NSW and Australian Government’s Stage One Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund – Sector Development Grants.

Mrs Maclaren-Jones said the investment would help secure a promising upswing farmers have experienced, with new figures from the NSW Government revealing an up-to three-fold increase in profitability.

“Our farmers are a tough bunch, but they’re not in this alone – this Government stands shoulder to shoulder with them to help prepare for the future,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“This $6 million grant will help them navigate away from the trying conditions of the last few years, and secure their position as world-leading dairy farmers.”