Council joins forces with Salvation Army to cart water, deliver drought relief
8 May 2019
Downs Regional Council, in partnership with the Federal Government and The
Salvation Army, are working together to help rural residents across the
Southern Downs access water in these tough drought times.
received $150,000 in Federal Government funding and is making this available to
pay for the carting of drinking water to those rural residents significantly
impacted by recent drought conditions.
carting will be made available to eligible rural property owners and occupiers
not connected to Council’s reticulated water supply as part of $1 million in
funding secured through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme
The Salvation Army will administer the funding program
because of the organisation’s well established referral pathways and existing
frontline assessment service.
Eligible residents interested in applying for water cartage
can contact The Salvation Army on 07 4661 3617 on Mondays, Tuesdays and
Wednesdays between 9am and 12pm.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said water cartage will help
ease the burden on rural residents who are experiencing the ongoing impacts of
severe drought conditions.
“Council is thrilled to partner with The Salvation Army to
ensure this vital drought relief funding is being used where it is most
needed,” Cr Dobie said.
“This service will be best delivered with The Salvation
Army’s existing connections, resources and highly skilled staff who can assess
the needs of rural residents and also refer them to established, trusted
service providers and additional assistance if required.
“The $1 million in funding from the DCP has allowed Council
to fund important projects that deliver an important boost to the region’s
economy and provide a much-needed helping hand to our rural residents.”
eligibility is subject to the following criteria:
be resident of the Southern Downs region
All water supplied to the owner or occupier must
be deposited directly into a water tank that services the main household
The property is
not connected to Council’s reticulated water supply
Limit of one
carting delivery per household until additional funds are made available.
The DCP stipulates that SDRC must use all $150,000 in funding
for the water carting program by 30 June 2019, and Council recommends that
residents apply for any water deliveries by 27 June 2019.
For more information, contact The Salvation Army on 07 4661
3617 or Southern Downs Regional Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).