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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Help for cane growers

Centrelink will be responsible for the Federal Government’s financial assistance package to eligible canegrowers in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia affected by unusual seasonal and structural pressures, Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony announced today.

“Centrelink will administer the implementation of this financial assistance as part of the Government’s commitment to people living in rural and regional Australia,” said Mr Anthony.

“A special hotline will start early next week for canegrowers to obtain more information.

“Information and application forms will be available from the Centrelink internet site at www.centrelink.gov.au and regional offices in the affected areas.

“Centrelink will work closely with local farmers, community and canegrower associations and will place advertisements in local newspapers publicising the hotline and local information sessions.”