SA Region Set To Get $1 Million Assistance -- But There’s One Big Problem

Nov 7, 2019


The Yorke Peninsula will get $1 million in federal drought assistance, despite not actually being in drought, reports FIVEaa Breakfast’s David Penberthy.

Penbo said during Thursday’s Breaking @ 8 segment:

“You never want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but it’s a weird set of circumstances where you’ve got a group of communities who are saying to Canberra: thanks for your help, but we’re not sure we need it.

“Residents of Yorke Peninsula are scratching their heads somewhat after the federal government handed them a $1 million drought assistance package… Yorke Peninsula council was told that residents on Yorkes will be eligible for these community grants for infrastructure projects…

“The thing is… and this isn’t me talking, this is the local member Rowan Ramsey… and it’s also the chairman of the SA Primary Producers Association Rob Kerin -- Yorke Peninsula’s not actually in drought. It’s nowhere near as bad, not even close. A lot of people over on Yorkes are scratching their heads…”

“It’s a classic thing of the bureaucracy not actually being nimble enough to work out what’s happening on the ground.

“Certainly a lot of this will be of benefit to people on Yorkes… but it’s a bit of a zany cash giveaway if the drought related assistance is actually going to places where people are just fine, thank you.”