Horticulturalists in Western Australia were recently able to apply for grants of up to $200,000 to install new netting under the second round of the Commonwealth Government's Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program.
The Program provided targeted assistance with funding of $2.6 million to WA primary producers for the purchase and installation of new netting over land used to grow commercial horticultural crops.
Netting is an important tool in resilience and risk management for horticulture producers, helping to limit damage from extreme weather and pests whilst also increasing water use efficiency.
Payments to eligible primary producers covered 50 per cent of the costs incurred, up to a maximum of $200,000, for eligible activities undertaken from 16 December 2019 for apples and pears, and 14 December 2021 for other eligible crops.
The Program is currently fully committed. Applicants who are keen to be placed on a waitlist can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program at a glance
Applicants were eligible for:
- Up to 50% of eligible costs associated with the purchase and installation of permanent horticultural netting, to a maximum of $200,000 was available to eligible applicants.
- A total of $2.6 million was available in Western Australia
- The Program opened on 1 July 2022 and is now fully committed.
To be eligibile, applicants needed to demonstrate that they:
- are a primary producer with an established commercial horticultural business in Western Australia.
- earned at least 50% of my income from primary production.
- paid for the materials and installation for permanent netting over established plantings since 16 December 2019 for apples and pears, and 14 December 2021 for other eligible crops.
- have all the necessary planning and building approvals required for the permanent netting I have had installed.
Contact the team via email@example.com or 0476 379 628 if you have further enquiries about the Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program in WA.