Mildura Weekly : Friday November 25 Vol 11 No 4
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016 VOL 11#04 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU FREE EVERY FRIDAY The Member for Murray makes an effort to visit storm-ravaged Pomona At last! • Letters to the Editor – Page 10 • Rob’s on a mission to honour our fallen – Pages 18 & 19 By ALEXANDRA TRELOAR AFTER a fortnight of uncer- tainty, Wentworth primary producers left devastated by this month’s ‘super storm’ fi- nally had the chance to meet with New South Wales Mem- ber for Murray Adrian Piccoli yesterday. Mr Piccoli surveyed the damage while visiting watermelon, grape and wheat properties in Pomona, with local farmers saying that close to $36million in produce has been lost to the storm. He also clarified that his require- ment to sit in Parliament was the reason for his delay in visiting the electorate immediately after the storm. “It would’ve been nice if he came earlier, but as they (politi- cians) keep telling us they are busy, but it doesn’t help people’s liveli- hoods,” Wentworth Mayor Melisa Hederics said. When questioned about the type of assistance Wentworth Shire Coun- cil farmers might receive from the State Government, Mr Piccoli said low interest loans could be made available to those who have suffered through the natural disaster. While he sympathised with the district’s farmers, who indicated they didn’t want to take on more debt, Mr Piccoli said it was the real- ity of the system. “It’s the same system everywhere and it has to be, there can’t be a dif- ferent system for different national disasters,” he said. “I understand that farmers don’t want more loans, but there is a cer- tain amount of taxpayer money available to support farmers in a di- saster situation. “You can leverage that money by offering a low interest loan, rather than giving it as a grant, so that’s just a question of how you allocate a bucket of money to support farmers in a disaster situation.” Comparing this year’s storm di- saster to the Gol Gol North storm event in 2014, where farmers didn’t receive financial assistance for 100 days, Mr Piccoli said the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) damage reports took time to complete. “It took a while because some- times it’s getting the damage assess- ments from growers, sometimes it can be difficult for DPI to assess whose properties have been dam- aged, which is part of the difficulty, but also part of the delay,” he said. “People want to know that tax- payer money is being spent properly, and you’ve got to have the evidence to back it up, so it might take some time to collect that. “It’s a disaster, I sympathise with the farmers impacted, it’s very diffi- cult to know that your income is vir- tually non-existant for a year.” Avoca Vineyard owner David Dawes shows Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli storm damage on his property at Pomona. Mr Dawes estimates the storm has claimed 3000 tonnes of wine grapes on his property. Photo: PAUL MENSCH MILDURA PH: 5023 2383 114A-118 LANGTREE AVE MON-SUN: 8AM - 9PM PUBLIC HOLIDAY: 8AM - 9PM PROPRIETORS: MARCELLO VERROCCHI, WILLIAM ALBERT, ANTHONY ALBERT & ERTAN OGUZKAYA MILDURA DC 5022 9872 SHOP 5B MILDURA HOMEMAKER CENTRE MON-SUN: 8AM - 7PM PROPRIETORS: MARCELLO VERROCCHI, WILLIAM ALBERT, ANTHONY ALBERT & ERTAN OGUZKAYA *Your pharmacist will advise you whether the preparation is suitable for your condition. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your Healthcare Professional. **Vitamins may only be of assistance if your dietary intake is inadequate. The pharmacist reserves the right not to supply when contrary to our professional and ethical obligation. Retail quantities only. Limits apply. †RRP – Recommended Retail Price (RRP) - the save prices listed are calculated form suppliers RRP at time of preparation and when no such price exists is the retail price found at competing retailers. Due to discount policy we may not have sold at RRP. We beat everyone’s prices! At Chemist Warehouse if you find a cheaper price on the exact same item at another Australian Retail Store, we will match it and give you 10% off the difference! (Excludes ‘online only’ offers) *exact means same product, with the same packaging and where the product on offer at the other retail store is not clearance or run out stock. We reserve the right to adjust printing errors. SALE ENDS: 11th DECEMBER 2016 Beyonce Heat Range 100ml $1499ea 100ML!
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