Council helping local farmers

Hawkesbury farmers showed up with their utes and trailers at McGraths Hill this week, ready and eager to load up cheap silage rolls. The rolls are being sold at cost by Hawkesbury City Council as part of a drought assistance effort.

Council is supporting local farmers by selling the lucerne silage rolls for only $48 each, which are produced at its McGraths Hill Waste Management Facility using recycled water, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert explained.

“This initiative aims to help farmers get cheaper fodder for their starving livestock,” the Mayor said

“Council has considered various ways to assist farmers on a number of occasions, including when Councillor Danielle Wheeler raised the issue as a matter of urgency in the Council Meeting of 31 July 2018.

“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,” he said.

“Council will subsidise the cost of the silage up to $30,000.

“Council will also donate all funds raised from any additional financial contributions, including money donated by Council staff and from the community at Council events, to Buy a Bale.

“Buy a Bale has assured Council that all money raised in the Hawkesbury will be directed back to our local farmers.”

Council is also encouraging local farmers to sign up to Buy a Bale themselves so they are eligible to receive support whether its hands-on, financial or emotional. There are also donation boxes for the community to donate to Buy a Bale at Council’s Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor.

“Not only is this drought placing a financial burden on farming families, but it puts a huge emotional toll on every family member and our farming communities,” Councillor Calvert said.

“NSW farmers are in desperate need right now for livestock feed, fuel, drinking water and basic supplies

“Our community has rallied around our local farmers by supporting many local initiatives during this drought.”

Expressions of Interest

To be eligible to receive silage rolls from future cuts, Hawkesbury farmers are required to complete an Expression of Interest on Council’s website to buy silage rolls. To be eligible to buy the silage rolls farmers must be:

  • A local Hawkesbury farmer who owns or works a property in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area
  • Registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer
  • Committed to using the silage rolls for Hawkesbury stock and not on-selling to a third party
  • Responsible for collecting the silage rolls from the McGraths Hills Treatment Plant using own transport
  • Available to pick up the silage rolls during the nominated time period.

Farmers are encouraged to consult with a vet to ensure the suitability of the silage for their livestock.

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