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Water carting successfully delivers to the Southern Downs

4 July 2019

The Southern Downs Regional Council has successfully distributed $150,000 of the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme funding allocated to the region to help rural residents access water during tough drought times.

SDRC partnered with The Salvation Army to allocate the funding for carting drinking water to eligible rural residents significantly impacted by recent drought conditions.

Throughout the duration of the funding program, drinking water was delivered to more than 500 rural households across the region at no cost.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said the funding was spent where it was needed most and helped ease some of the burden of drought conditions faced by rural residents.

“This funding was spent where it was needed most and while we still have a long way to go, it was a step forward in assisting drought affected residents. The program successfully delivered quality drinking water to more than 500 eligible rural households at no cost,” said Mayor Dobie. 

“The Salvation Army did a great job in administering the water carting program and also provided rural residents with an opportunity to seek other types of drought assistance. The Salvation Army was the obvious partnership choice to administer this much needed water cartage program because of its well established referral pathways and existing frontline assessment service.  

“We hosted four pop-up community information stalls with The Salvation Army to provide residents with information about the free carting available and how to apply for water deliver.

“Council is currently and continuing to discuss water contingency, as well as medium and long term water security for the region.”

When applying for water carting, eligible applicants needed to:

·         Be a resident of the Southern Downs and provide proof of residence ie Council Rates Notice or Drivers License

·         Be experiencing financial hardship

·         Not connected to the reticulated (town) water supply

·         Submit a signed privacy notice as part of their application                                                                                                    

SDRC secured the Federal Government funding for the water carting service in January as part of the $1M Drought Communities Programme, and limited households to one water delivery to ensure as many residents as possible benefited from the funding.

Completed applications needed to be submitted to The Salvation Army by close of business Thursday 27 June 2019.

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