From the original article by Rose Grant of ABC News:
Aussie Helpers founder Brian Egan seeks more money for Tassie farmers
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COMMENTS BY BRIAN
Brian stated to the ABC NEWS as follows:
“There doesn’t seem to be any answers coming for anyone,”
“We’ve probably spent about $100,000 on feed so far, and it really hasn’t touched the sides.”
Brian stated that money was yet to flow from the Government’s concessional dairy loan program, and that would only encumber farmers with more debt they would struggle to pay back.
We at Aussie Helpers just secured a $50,000 commitment from a stockfeed supplier in Tasmania.
Governments and business can do more to help.
“We’ve got to keep these people on their farms and keep their livestock fed, because that’s their livelihood.”
“It’s mainly silage we’ve been using, but luckily enough we had a meeting with Ridley yesterday.
“[They’ve] come up with a plan to help supply farmers in Tasmania with $50,000 worth of their product, their hay extender, which is a fantastic gesture.
“But I just wish other companies could get on board.
“It’s not only feed, it’s fertiliser and things like that.”
The Victorian Government has announced an additional dairy family support amount of more than $13 million.
But Tasmanian Government assistance has been more modest, with additional funding to Rural Business Tasmania and Rural Alive and Well.
Over 50 Tasmanian farmers visited by Aussie Helpers over the last three weeks and found about 90 per cent needed more help.
“I don’t know how many farms, but we’ll just keep going till we run out of money, I suppose,”
“Our board budgeted for $250,000 to spend here but I think we’ll end up spending double that at least.
“We haven’t run out of ideas, but it’s just frustrating to see that we should be doing more but we’re not.”