Drought Relief Access Permit scheme gives relief to farmers

Nationals Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin has welcomed the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) move to waiver access fees for trucks operating to and from drought-hit properties.

The move follows hard-hit farmers gaining extra relief when a Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) extension was gained thanks a new ministerial direction and the Coalition Government announcing an extra $190 million for Farm Household Allowance (FHA) payments.

Senator Martin said the Drought Relief Access Permit scheme, which begins on Monday 13 August, will allow trucks carrying big loads of hay and other feed to save on the cost of transporting drought-relief fodder to farmers.

“The Drought Relief Access Permit scheme will save operators $73 per permit and support farmers moving stock or produce to and from drought-affected properties,” Senator Martin said.

“The much-needed exemption will apply for the transport of fodder freight, water cartage, stock or restocking freight and emergency water infrastructure to drought-declared areas.

Senator Martin said the TFES extension and the NHVR scheme would make it more cost-effective for hay and other feed to be transported across Bass Strait to drought-hit Mainland properties.

Information about the Drought Relief Access Permit scheme can be found at www.nhvr.gov.au/files/201808-0882-drought-relief-access-permit-payment-exemption.pdf