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PLIGHT OF VEGGIE FARMERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

March 31, 2021

The plight of local vegetable farmers whose businesses have been devastated by the Hawkesbury floods was in the spotlight today (March 31) after Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman hosted a visit by Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.

 

Mr Albanese visited the Muscat family farm in Pitt Town Bottoms - operated by William and Elizabeth Muscat, Andrew and Teresa Muscat, and their father and father-in-law Jim Muscat - which suffered extensive damage when it was inundated last week.

 

Ms Templeman said it was the second time farmers in the area had been impacted by flooding in just over 12 months.

 

“Market gardeners have been doing it tough, just like turf farmers, and I was glad they were able to bring their story straight to the Opposition Leader,” Ms Templeman said.

 

“He was able to meet with the Muscats and hear first-hand the issues they face as they clean up and start the process of re-establishing their crops and business.

 

“In the meantime, primary producers like market gardeners and turf farmers are being encouraged to apply for Special Disaster Grants, which have been announced to provide up to $75,000. The NSW Rural Assistance Authority has more information for those looking to access the grants.

 

“While these grants can provide some short-term relief, there are a range of other issues that are unique to this industry, and I have already begun working to see how those could be addressed.

 

“I would like to thank the Muscat family, who told Albo about the challenges they and their neighbours are now facing.

 

“It’s important to listen to those who have farmed on the river for many years so we can find a way to deal quickly and effectively with flood issues into the future.”

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