Support for the Adelaide Hills fruit industries and delivering the Murray Darling Basin were key issues addressed during a visit to Mayo by Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud this week.
Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said assistance for apple and cherry growers affected by recent hail storms was a key issue raised with the Minister at a ‘politics in the pub’ event at the Uraidla Hotel on Friday.
“When the damage to Hills orchards became apparent, I asked Minister Littleproud for assistance and the Australian Government responded with a range of measures,” she said.
“These included giving local growers access to programs usually reserved for farmers and rural communities experiencing drought conditions. The Minister is also working to streamline and simplify the application process so growers can recover more quickly.
“I’ve also called on the South Australian Government to support Hills growers by subsidising the installation of netting to protect crops from weather events and increasing numbers of pests.”
Ms Downer said constituents in Mayo also raised the River Murray with the Minister.
“The Minister had earlier visited the Coorong to look at sites for future on-the-ground works designed to help the region recover and maximise the benefits of environmental flows delivered by the Murray Darling Basin Plan,” she said.
“Communities in Mayo support the delivery of the Basin Plan in full, and so do I. We want the politics taken out of it, and a robust compliance regime which ensures every drop of water is fully accounted for.”