Thankful for the assist

The Government’s allocation of 1$million to help Tasman recover from the fire disaster is needed says Federated Farmers.

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced earlier today that the Lottery Grants Board had agreed to allocate up to $1million to the Tasman Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund.

Feds board member and fire spokesperson Karen Williams said the fire has been devastating for many and anything constructive the Government can do to help Tasman should be encouraged.

“We had staff and volunteers in the area soon after the fire broke out. Our people were doing what they could do in their power to help farmers and distribute feed to at risk farm animals. They were hearing stories from people who felt they had lost everything. People were crying and confiding their fears.

“People are in need and I hope the money can alleviate some of the emotional and financial pain many must be feeling. The rebuild will be long.”

The Government says the lottery funding will be available for community benefit purposes.