Kevin Humphries

STATE OF BARWON

STATE HITS OVER $15 BILLION IN PRIMARY INDUSTRIES 
It’s pleasing to provide comment that the State’s primary industries sector is now worth a record $15.44 billion in 2016-17.This figure represents a 32.4 percent increase in Gross Value of Production (GVP) since 2013-14. Industry and DPI have been able to capitalise on some favourable conditions and achieve 30 percent growth well ahead of the 2020 target. This is a significant milestone for our rural and regional communities in Barwon that ride high on the continuing success of our primary industries. A combination of factors has provided a strong tailwind for industry, farmers and DPI to increase the State’s productivity and profitability. These factors have included high commodity prices, a run of exceptional seasonal conditions, strong biosecurity and significant research and development programs. Most importantly, this puts us in a strong position to stand side by side with our farmers as they begin to face some seasonal and economic headwinds. I know across our electorate the conditions are dry and farmers have to make some tough decisions. This is why we committed $75 million in this year’s budget for concessional loans under the Farm Innovation Fund to assist primary producers prepare for future drought. I am committed to working with producers, stakeholders, communities and industry groups to help ease any impacts over the seasons to come.
High performing industries in 2016-17 are:
●     Beef cattle (54% growth to $2.38b)
●     Wheat (40% growth to $2.61b)
●     Cotton (8% growth to $1.40b)
●     Wool (39% growth to $1.14b)
●     Sheep and goat meat (33% growth to $858m)
●     Pulses (624% growth to $810m)
●     Forestry (18% growth to $503m)

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO TACKLE DUMPING 
Councils, public land managers and community groups in Barwon can apply for a share of half a million dollars in grants to help tackle illegal dumping. I believe communities are fed up with illegal dumping. It puts people’s health at risk and contaminates the environment and it also costs our communities millions of dollars every year. A total of $500,000 is available for community groups, local councils and public land managers under the Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Grant Program to identify local illegal dumping hotspots and assist with clean up and prevention measures on publicly managed land.  In the past this grant has funded the installation of CCTV cameras, signage, gates and fences in dumping hotspots across NSW. This program is funded under the NSW Government’s $337 million Waste Less, Recycle More program. For information visit: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/combat-illegal-dump.htm 

MORE THAN $1.3M FOR SENIORS TO LIVE BETTER IN NSW
Seniors in Barwon will benefit from funding now available for projects that will help older people lead active, independent and healthy lives. I am pleased to announce Round Three of the Liveable Communities Grants Program is open for applications. I want Barwon to lead the country in supporting fresh ideas that improve the lives of older people, and the communities they live in. The focus of Round Three will be on projects that will increase older people’s participation in artistic, cultural, sport and exercise activities and applicants will be assessed on innovation, and the potential to create sustainable long-term solutions to issues facing older people.  Applications for the program are open to non-government organisations, local councils, universities and small businesses. I strongly encourage applications with projects directed specifically towards Indigenous communities. A liveable community means living without physical or mental barriers in place. When everyone does everything possible to remove those barriers, it makes for a happy and healthy community for older and younger people alike. Applications close at 2pm, Monday 20 November, 2017. For more information or to apply please email LiveableCommunitiesGrants@facs.nsw.gov.au, call (02) 8879 9172 or visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au .

OUT AND ABOUT
Parliament resumes this week so I will spend most of my time in Sydney.

Narrabri Electorate Office

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