Should water infrastructure rebates continue?

Should water infrastructure rebates continue?

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The $50m in federal funding for the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme has run out.

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Funding for the popular On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme has dried up, prompting calls for the program to be extended.

But Water Minister Keith Pitt said the government had committed $50m to the scheme and that had been delivered.

"Funding allocations and conditions were clearly outlined to each participating state, which took responsibility for managing the program in their respective jurisdictions," he said.

SA Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said he had met with Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and written to Mr Pitt to investigate ways to extend the program.

"The Commonwealth are listening so we've just got to state our case," he said.

"All states have reported excess demand for the on-farm water rebate scheme and will discuss with the Commonwealth whether further funding may be available, but we have to remember this was always announced as a once-off opportunity.

"Most of the on-farm water infrastructure projects make a lot of sense for the individual farm enterprise and I encourage farmers to consider investing in drought resilient water solutions as a good business risk management option with or without government assistance."

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