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SDRC and Salvation Army host pop-up information stalls about new water carting program

10 May 2019

A series of community information stalls will be popping up across the region in the coming weeks with Southern Downs Regional Council and The Salvation Army coming together to assist rural households in need of water.

The pop-up information stalls will provide residents with information about free carting being made available to eligible rural property owners as part of the $1 million in funding secured through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP).

SDRC has partnered with The Salvation Army to administer the funding program because of the organisation’s well established referral pathways and existing frontline assessment service.

The Salvation Army will host the following pop-up information stalls:

·         Tuesday 14 May: Broadwater State School                8:30am to 9:30am

·         Tuesday 14 May: Wheatvale State School                  2:30pm to 3:30pm

·         Thursday 16 May: Applethorpe State School             8:30am to 9:30am

·         Thursday 16 May: The Summit State School              2:30pm to 3:30pm

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the pop-ups will give residents a chance to learn more about the water carting service, including eligibility requirements and how to apply for a water delivery, as well as other drought relief services.

“These pop-up information stalls will give residents the opportunity to ask questions about how to apply for free water carting and whether they are eligible to receive a water delivery,” Cr Dobie said.

“Rural residents can also use these opportunities to discuss what other types of support services may be available to them with The Salvation Army representatives and how to seek assistance.

“Council encourages any rural residents severely impacted by the drought to come to one of these pop up information stalls and find out what types of assistance are available to them.”

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.

Rural residents interested in applying for a water delivery and meet the eligibility criteria can contact The Salvation Army on 07 4661 3617.

For more information, visit sdrc.qld.gov.au or contact The Salvation Army on 07 4661 3617.

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