The EC declarations for Central North North-West Coonabarabran Revision and Central North North-West Northern Slopes Revision will lapse on 30 April 2009.
- Central North North-West Coonabarabran Revision includes the towns of Coonabarabran and Binnaway
- Central North North-West Northern Slopes Revision includes the towns of Yetman, Coolatai, Warialda, Delungra, Bingara and Barraba
- The extension of the declaration was previously announced in November 2008, based on the advice of the independent National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC) that conditions had not yet sufficiently improved.
Mr Burke said the NRAC had reassessed the regions this year and found seasonal conditions had generally improved in both areas, after rain boosted crop and pasture growth.
“We have accepted the advice of the independent NRAC under the existing drought support system,” Mr Burke said.
“However, we remain very aware of the inadequacies of the current system, which is why we are reforming the way we support farmers and help them prepare for the future.
“We also understand that some farmers may still be doing it tough and it can take a long time to recover from drought.
“Some farmers can apply for assistance under the Transitional Income Support Program, established by the Rudd Government last year.
“This initiative is helping farmers in regions which are coming out of drought, providing assistance with daily living expenses such as keeping food on the table.”