Northe calls for drought help in the Latrobe Valley
The Member for Morwell Russell Northe is pressuring the state government to extend drought support measures to the Latrobe Valley.
Mr Northe told parliament some assistance has rightly been announced for farmers in the Wellington and East Gippsland shires but the drought doesn’t have an arbitrary line at Council boundaries.
“Over the past few months I have received many calls and emails from local farmers who are doing it tough due to these awful drought conditions, and it is heartbreaking to hear of their pain”, said Mr Northe.
“I’ve been calling for measures to be put into place for months.
“The reality is that we have farmers on the ground who have very little feed and water for their animals, and even if they can get their hands on feed - the price can well be out of their reach”.
“Whilst some Government assistance and support has been announced for farmers based in Wellington and East Gippsland Council areas, and rightly so, the facts are that this drought doesn’t have an arbitrary line at Council boundaries”, Mr Northe said.