Extra support announced for North Canterbury

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Local MP Stuart Smith welcomed the announcement today from Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy of extra support for drought-affected North Canterbury.

Due to ongoing dry conditions, the medium-scale drought classification for North Canterbury will be extended until the end of the year, leading to additional funding for drought recovery coordination.  

“I was really pleased today with the announcement that the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust will receive a further $30,000”, says Mr Smith.

“North Canterbury is undergoing one of its most prolonged droughts, and remains the worst affected part of the country.

“While local farmers have proven to be a resilient bunch, and have been doing a really admirable job of managing with these adverse conditions, it’s important to ensure we look after our rural communities”, said Mr Smith.

Rural Support Trusts can help farmers and communities affected by adverse weather events in a number of ways. They can help arrange financial advice and can assist with applications for Rural Assistance Payments. They can also organise community events and meetings, and can provide one-on-one help for those who need someone to talk to.

“The Rural Support Trust is a very worthwhile resource. Rural people often try to deal with problems themselves, but I encourage those who need it to seek help”, says Mr Smith.