NEW England MP and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the federal government has acted with "the speed of 1000 gazelles" in putting together a drought assistance package for farmers and small businesses.
Mr Joyce was joined this morning by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to release the details of the announcement.
He said more than 6000 agricultural businesses in the New England electorate could benefit from the federal government's announcement.
“This new package will assist impacted farm businesses and farm families to deal with immediate financial pressures and improve their capacity to recover when the rain finally comes,” he said.
“We are introducing measures to offer financial, social and mental health support."
More details to follow.