Local farmers rebuilding from the ashes of the recent bushfires in Yarrowitch and Nowendoc will be boosted by the news that $209 million has been committed to rebuild essential boundary fences.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the new 'Supporting Our Neighbours Project' will help cover the cost of rebuilding boundary fences shared by private and public land managers, while supporting local farmers and businesses to recover.
"This is awesome news for those farmers who have experienced extensive damage to their boundary fences that border public lands," Mr Anderson said.
"Secure boundary fences are essential for safeguarding livestock, managing biosecurity risks, minimising environmental damage and protecting against pests
"$5,000 per kilometre will be provided to help pay for the materials needed to rebuild existing boundary fences bordering public lands damaged in the devastating bushfires over summer.
"Despite the fact public landholders are not required to restore or replace damaged boundary fences, the Government has moved swiftly to support those who had been impacted by bushfires in by helping them rebuild lost boundary fences.
"I encourage all eligible landholders to use local businesses and suppliers with this funding and support local jobs at this uncertain time.
"This is also an opportunity to upgrade your fencing and use fire resilient materials such as concrete fence posts wherever possible.
"Landholders will be supported, connecting them with dedicated fence coordinators to ensure funds and fences are delivered as soon as possible.
"Anyone who has already replaced damaged boundary fencing bordering public lands in the recent fires can still receive a backdated payment," Mr Anderson concluded.
Bushfire affected farmers can call 1300 778 080