Budget to offer drought relief to state’s rural areas: Government

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The Federal Government has agreed to lift some funding for drought relief to rural Australia to help ensure water systems function in rural areas.

Rural Water Minister Ken Wyatt says the money is a first step.

“It means that we are taking the necessary steps to respond more swiftly to local conditions,” he said.

He says the Government will continue to lift money for drought relief through the National Drought Reduction Fund for 2013-14, and next year.

The 바카라Coalition has previously suggested water funding will be lifted by 20 to 30 per cent next year.

But Labor’s water spokesman Paul Fletcher says the Coalition is also reducing 바카라사이트water projects that may affect rural communities.

The government has also said it will not raise water fees for rural households because it does not believe rates in Australia are too high.

Mr Fletcher says the Government is not willing to lift wajarvees.comter fees to help make up for cuts to the national Water Assistance Scheme.

“We’re not going to be raising the fees because we’ve already cut water assistance, so why would we continue to do that?” he said.

‘We will be lifting the fees for the next 12 months’

Mr Wyatt says lifting water and waste water fees for 2013-14 will free up $5.5 billion over the financial year that ends at April 30, 2014.

Mr Wyatt says there are also a number of other measures, such as measures to promote economic opportunities in rural areas, and measures to help irrigate irrigation systems.

The changes are part of a $13.4 million investment in $10 billion projects across Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Mr Wyatt says there will be no price increases for local customers.

“Water rates for water suppliers won’t go up during 2013-14,” he said.

Rural water and waste water provider Aussie Water says its water bill is currently $0.

Topics: water-management, water-supplies, australia, wa, nt, qld

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