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New drought funding available through the Salvos

26 November 2019

New financial hardship funding is now available to drought affected rural households through The Salvation Army and the Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI).

Farmers, farm workers, farm suppliers and farm contractors who have cash flow problems because of the drought’s impact may be entitled to receive a one-off payment of up to $3,000 funded by the Federal Government’s DCSI Round 2.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie encouraged drought affected residents to consider applying for this support.

“The Southern Downs has been drought declared since May 2018 and these are very trying times for our community,” said Mayor Dobie.

“Our region is mentally, physically and financially exhausted by the drought, and I encourage those farming and agricultural households who have been affected by drought to please reach out and seek support.”

Farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers and contractors are eligible to apply, and need to be over 18, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and live or work in the Southern Downs region. 

Payments can cover numerous expenses such as groceries, vehicle maintenance, energy and utility bills, and health and medical expenses.

“It would be a boost to our economy if the funds secured through this initiative could be spent locally, but I know that each individual has to meet their own financial commitments,” said Mayor Dobie.

Council is offering assistance with completing funding applications, and eligible residents can make an appointment with Council’s Drought Coordinator.

Please visit https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/disaster-relief-and-support/applications-drought-community-support-initiative/ for more information.

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