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Locals receive their farm exit payments

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Friday 24 Aug 2012

Locals receive their farm exit payments

The Exceptional Circumstances (EC) Farm Exit Grant program was extended by Labor for 12 months in

their 2011-12 Budget. 6 weeks later, it was cancelled. Some local farmers had been told they were eligible

for the grant and so had sold farms, often at discounted prices.

Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone took the fight to Canberra and moved a private members

motion which gained bi-partisan support for a special Act of Grace Payment to be made to families who

were caught short when the program was prematurely cut short.

“A number of local families were left in dire straits” Sharman Stone said.

“The EC Farm Exit Grants were established to help farmers who wanted to sell up and leave the land after

years of drought.

“Many farmers were relying on the $150,000 re-establishment grant promised by the government, to

buffer their loss and allow them to pursue a fresh start. $10,000 was also available for re-training.

“It has been a worrying time for these locals. I am pleased to say the cheques have now been banked and

justice has been done” Dr Stone said.

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