Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Michael McCormack met with Batlow growers to discuss ways to support the industry and assist with the development of an Apple Industry Bushfire Recovery Plan for regions impacted by bushfires.
Through the last few weeks, APAL has met impacted growers and visited all impacted regions, and is currently developing a detailed program to present to the government on costs and the next steps needed to rebuild the industry.
“Over the next period we will be consulting with the regions to make sure we are representing their interests and needs effectively to government,” said APAL CEO Phil Turnbull. “In addition to the bushfires, we are still prioritising the massive impact of drought across Australia.”
In the meantime the clean-up continues, with many growers are assessing their properties and beginning work to reinstate infrastructure to secure the current crop and the surviving trees. The following grants may be relevant to those affected across Australia, though growers should double check eligibility for prospective applications.