Baling for our community during the drought and bushfires

Local farmers and bushfire affected residents who need a boost to their stock feeding supplies are encouraged to apply for Hawkesbury City Council’s 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 Waste Management Facility using recycled water.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert said the initiative is aimed at helping farmers and bushfire affected local residents to buy cheaper fodder for their starving livestock.

“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,” the Mayor said.

“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,” Councillor Calvert said.

“Our community has rallied around our local farmers and residents by generously supporting many local initiatives during the bushfires and the drought.”

Expressions of Interest

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

To be eligible to buy the silage rolls, you must be:

  • A local Hawkesbury farmer who owns or works a property in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area or a bushfire affected local resident
  • Farmers must be registered with the Australian Taxation Office as primary producers
  • 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 with appropriate tie downs.

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

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