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DROUGHT COMMUNITY SUPPORT INITIATIVE
On 26 October 2018, the Australian Government announced it would provide $30 million in much-needed support to drought-affected families through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This will provide up to $3,000 in assistance to at least 10,000 households in 81 Local Government Areas eligible under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.
The funding is now available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers.
The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have been engaged to deliver the assistance. Eligible households should reach out to these organisations directly to seek financial support (details below).
The Salvation Army
24 hour hotline: 1300 551 030
St Vincent de Paul
Hotline: 13 18 12
Border Rivers Community Care
Coordinated by Care Goondiwindi, in partnership with Landmark and Elders. Border Rivers Community Care is a central point for the distribution of hay and other financial support to farmers and associated rural contractors affected by the drought in the Goondiwindi district. Support can also be in the nature of groceries, phone, and electricity expenses.
Contact: 07 4670 0700, or visit the ‘Border Rivers Community Care’ Facebook page
Stay Strong Drought Relief
Coordinated by a local group of concerns citizens and auspiced by the Inglewood Lions. Stay Strong Drought Relief supports both the Texas and Inglewood communities to ‘stay strong’ and primarily focuses on providing care packages to local farmers. The group will also be shopping local where possible to help those locals businesses that might be doing it tough.
Contact: Debbie, 0407 731 200 or join the facebook group "Stay Strong" Drought Relief
Texas and District Drought Support (TADDS)
Coordinated by a local group of concerns citizens and auspiced by the Texas Lions. TADDS coordinates offers of help and support for our border regions district. If you are a farmer that needs help to access support, or someone who wants to lend a hand to our local farmers, please contact the group.
Contact: Amanda, 0437 713 488 or join the facebook group TADDS - Texas and District Drought Support
Coordinated by the Lucy Walker Terry White Pharmacy in Goondiwindi, FarmAssist can help farmers access needed medications and other vital healthcare items through the FarmAssist account. Funds help to help subsidise the cost of medications for farming families to help make life easier. Lucy Walker Terry White chemists can also help refer you to further financial, medical and mental health services available locally. All our pharmacists and many staff members are mental health and first aid-certified, so please feel comfortable to have a confidential chat.
Contact: 07 4671 1288 or visit the Farmassist gofundme page
Tie Up the Black Dog
Coordinated by local community not-for-profit group Tie Up The Black Dog Inc. The Tie Up the Black Dog Committee has worked across regional Queensland since 2007 to support initiatives addressing mental health issues across our rural communities.
Contact: Mary Woods on 07 4676 4145, or e-mail email@example.com
The link below is a useful link for producers looking for drought support.
Keep clicking through the “next” button at the bottom of each page to see a whole range of available subsidies and support tools.
Australian Taxation office- website
Help is available for drought-affected taxpayers across regional, rural and metropolitan areas to manage their tax.
Centrelink- website or call 132 316
Centrelink offers payments for farming families in financial hardship, subject to eligibility.
Queensland Government assistance- website or call 13 25 23
The Queensland Government and Australian Government offer programs to help farm families, farm businesses and farm communities affected by drought.
If you are struggling or know of someone in need of help there is further assistance available. Many agencies and companies have policies in place to help reduce the pressures. Contact the organisation directly about payment plans and/or waiving of interest.
Lifeline- website or call 13 11 14
Lifeline offer crisis support and suicide prevention services. They have developed a tool kit to assist those living in drought affected areas to care for themselves and those around them.
Goondiwindi Regional Council- website or call 07 4671 7400
Ask about the domestic water policy for farmers and payment plans.
Ergon Energy- website or call 1800 185 750
Ergon are offering drought relief in the form of waived charges and deferred payments.
Your chosen bank- talk to them as early as possible to come up with a plan.
Buy a Bale- website or call 1300 327 624
Farmers are able to register to receive donated bales of hay.
Farm Rescue- website or call 1300 327 624
Volunteers and tradespeople work to fix infrastructure that farmers do not have the skill, time or money to do themselves.
Rural Aid- website or call 1300 327 624
Rural Aid provide a range of support services from provision of animal feed, cash handouts, holidays and mental health assistance to education assistance and technology.
The Salvation Army- website or call 02 8757 8088
The Salvation Army is on the ground supporting families and communities affected by the droughts.
Drought Angels- website or call 0409 548 414
Drought angels provide food hampers, care packs, prepaid visas, local store vouchers, stock feed and hay.
Queensland Country Women's Association- website or phone 07 3026 1220
Australian Red Cross - website or phone 1800 733 276
The Australian Red Cross have put out a guide on How to Support People in Drought