Drought Support for the region

 

On 30 July 2018, the NSW Government announced its Emergency Relief Package to address the immediate needs of farmers and drought-affected communities.

 

The three major elements of the $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package are:

 

• Approximately $190 million for Drought Transport Subsidies

• Approximately $100 million for cutting the cost of farming fees and charges – by waiving Local Land Services rates, waiving fixed water charges in rural and regional areas, and waiving class one agricultural vehicle registration costs, among other initiatives

• $150 million to bolster the Farm Innovation Fund (FIF) infrastructure program.

 

The package also includes funding for:

 

• Counselling and mental health

• Critical services in regional communities including transporting water and drought related road upgrades and repairs

• Animal welfare and stock disposal.

 

To discover if you are in an “intense drought” or “drought” area according to the DPI Combined Drought Indicator go to edis.dpi.nsw.gov.au

 

For information in respect of NSW Government assistance – visit droughthub.nsw.gov.au

 

The Australian Government provides a number of assistance measures to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought and other hardship.

 

For Commonwealth Government assistance – visit agriculture.gov.au

 

CWA assistance to help meet household expenses for drought affected families, up to a maximum of $3,000 per family/household, is available to eligible applicants. Expenses can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates, telephone, dental and medical (gap payments or cost of travel to access treatment) etc. and are for expenses that are current and/or outstanding.

 

For Country Womens Association of NSW assistance – visit 

www.cwaofnsw.org.au/droughtaid.html