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Deadline for EP Grain Industry Funding Applications Extended

28 October 2013

AUSTRALIA - Grain growers on the Eyre Peninsula have a renewed opportunity to apply for project funding from the Eyre Peninsula Grain Rail Fund.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Minister for Regional Development Gail Gago said it was important to ensure applicants had the best chance to apply for funds, and as such the deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, 29 November.

“This fund is a valuable resource and it is critical we ensure the surplus from the fund is allocated in a way that achieves the maximum benefit for Eyre Peninsula grain growers,” Ms Gago said.

“We don’t take the expenditure of this money lightly – it has been contributed by the grain growers of the Eyre Peninsula and we want to ensure it is put back into the community by way of relevant, necessary projects that contribute to the sustainability of the region.

“We understand that with the grain harvest currently underway across the Peninsula, it’s a tough time to pull together a funding application, and so we have responded to concerns that the initial deadline was too tight.

“I am pleased to let industry know that the deadline has been extended to the 29 of November.”

The Fund was created in 2006 as a grain grower contribution to a $43 million joint industry and government grains logistics infrastructure upgrade program. The $2 million target was reached before the 2011/12 harvest commenced, resulting in surplus funding.

The excess funds are available because the Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund (which had previously been set up to raise $2 million via grain grower contributions) raised more than expected, and as such there is approximately $400,000 available in the Eyre Peninsula Grain Rail Fund.

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