NSW government announces $50m in mouse plague support - Elders Rural Services

NSW government announces $50m in mouse plague support

Elders has welcomed the NSW Government announcement of a support package worth $50m to help fight the worsening mouse plague currently engulfing the state.

The package at a glance

  • Free mice bait (grain treatment) for primary producers*
  • $500 rebate for eligible households
  • $1000 rebate for eligible small businesses.

Help for primary producers

The free mice bait* is in the form of grain treatment. The Government will establish eight grain treatment stations across regional NSW and primary producers can bring their grain in to be treated free-of-charge.

In addition to the grain treatment and expert workshops, the NSW Department of Primary Industries will also launch research to identify and potentially develop future tools to combat mice plagues, including biological controls.

Households and businesses

Rural and town households and businesses that have been affected will also be able to apply for rebates of $500 and $1000 respectively. Applications can be made via Service NSW.

“This announcement by the NSW Government is certainly very welcomed,” Elders NSW state rural products manager Lauren Marchant said.

“The recent season has obviously put a strain on supply for mouse bait, but thanks to the support from our national network, Elders are prepared to supply farmers across NSW.”

Elders has been continually monitoring the situation and is ready to help. Clients, households and small businesses are encouraged to visit their local Elders branch for baiting supplies.