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Emergency financial assistance for Woolgrowers

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^' i t G i^^CY FI C IAL ASI f`Id C FOR ff--0OLG RO`JLJiLS

Initial payments of emergency financial

assistance from the Commonwealth are now being

received by woolgrowers.

This was a nnounced today by the Acting

Minister for Primary Industry, Mr P.J. Nixon.

He said almost 500 cheques totalling over ''4OO,000 had been posted so far to woolgrowers

who had lodged early claims for assistance. Pay-ments would continue to be made daily.

Of the cheques posted 140 or 30,6 were for

the maximum grant of 31,500. These payments were being made to growers who had suffered a large shortfall in wool incomes between the years ended 30 June 1969 and 1970.

"Where the cheques are for less than 1,50O

they represent an interim payment," Mr. Nixon said.

"A final payment to these woolgrowers can only

be made after 30 November, the closing date for all applications.

"This is in line with the details of the scheme

announced by the Minister for Primary Industry to

Parliament on 19 August".

Mr. Nixon pointed out that the scheme had been

introduced by the Government because some woolgrowers

suffering from the effect of a drastic fall in wool prices in 1969-70 and drought had been in need of

urgent financial assistance.

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Arrangements had been made so that there

would be a minimum delay in making initial payments.

Mr. Nixon said that it was clear that many

woolgrowers who were eligible for a grant had not yet

submitted returns. He urged these woolgrowers to send

in their applications as soon as possible and not to

put off applying until the closing date in November.

Eligible woolgrowers who did not delay

in lodging applications would receive a prompt

interim payment.

Application forms should be obtained from post offices and forwarded to the Secretary,

Department of Primary Industry, Box 2528[, Melbourne, Victoria 3001.