Oyster growers on the Far South Coast are being reminded they only have until Monday to claim a rebate from the state’s peak farming group.
NSW Farmers Oyster Manager Andy Myers said every Class-A aquaculture permit holder was eligible to apply for a $3000 rebate on eligible items and activities, with close to $800,000 handed out through this process.
“It’s been a tough couple of years for growers – from bushfires to all of the wet weather we’ve seen recently causing havoc for the oyster industry,” Mr Myers said.
“We’re investing the time and resources to help growers better prepare for the future and offer them a helping hand to improve their businesses.”
Part of the eligibility requirements was completion of a free, online training program for the NSW Oyster Industry developed by OceanWatch Australia, in close partnership with NSW Farmers and the NSW Government, about developing responsible and sustainable farming practices.
Mr Myers said following the Black Summer bushfires NSW Farmers secured funding for an online training program covering aquaculture management, biosecurity, workplace health and safety as well as water quality.
“The oyster industry attracts people from all backgrounds, from hobby farm retirees to multiple-generational farmers operating across the state,” Myers said.
“This means the knowledge, skills and professionalism of farmers varies considerably, so our goal was to help create a bespoke training program for the industry and establish a baseline level of knowledge across the industry,” he said.
“Extending this information and details of best practice helps the growers to improve their businesses and create a more robust industry that can withstand future challenges.
“Anyone who’s spent money on improving their business, and undertakes this online course, will likely be eligible for the rebate.”
Mr Myers said the training and rebate was a great chance for oyster growers to not only build their own business, but also contribute to the overall professionalism of the industry.
Images: Batemans Bay Oysters