13 February 2020

Mayoral Column

If you are a local farmer or bushfire affected resident who needs extra stock feeding supplies, I encourage you to apply to Council for our discounted baling program.

Silage rolls have been sold at cost by Council as part of a drought assistance program running since November 2018. Council will once again sell the lucerne silage rolls for only $48 each, which are produced at its McGraths Hill Wastewater Treatment Facility using recycled water.

The price of $48 per silage roll represents a significant subsidy from Council in recognition of the adverse circumstances that many of our primary producers are currently facing.

Not only has the drought and the bushfires placed a financial burden on families, but it puts a huge emotional toll on every family member.

We are all doing our best to help and I would like to thank our community members who have rallied around our local farmers and residents by generously supporting many local initiatives during the bushfires and the drought.

To receive silage rolls from future cuts, Hawkesbury farmers and local bushfire affected residents are required to complete an Expression of Interest on Council’s website at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/link/baling4backyard Certain eligibility requirements need to be met, which are detailed in the link above, and you are also encouraged to consult with a vet to ensure the suitability of the silage for your livestock.

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