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Drought Assistance

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The Southern Downs was drought declared in May 2018 following extremely dry conditions and little to no rainfall for many months.  The recent rain has been a welcome relief for the Southern Downs; however we know that the devastating drought is still having an impact in the rebuilding of our community.  The following agencies may be of assistance to you or someone you know.

Organisation  Service or Assistance Contact Details 
Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre Community Support Service, Food Support and Emergency Relief (07) 4681 3777
admin@communityds.org.au
Warwick Rotary Sunrise Water relief and food hampers
0427 032 798
rotarywarwicksunrise@gmail.com
Rotary Club of the Granite Belt Water relief and financial assistance 0428 310 409
Lavender.09@bigpond.com
Local Rural Financial Counselling Service – Southern Qld  Small business support, confidential service for primary producers suffering financial hardship 0419 732 591
micheal.fagg@rfcssq.org.au
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Drought relief assistance scheme 13 25 23
sqdrought@daf.qld.gov.au
Southern Downs Mental Health Service
Mental health support (07) 4660 3901
Southern Downs Regional Council 
Payment plans for rates
1300 697 372
mail@sdrc.qld.gov.au
The St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland
Financial assistance, support with medication, food and water
(07) 4667 1310
Sm4370@svdpqld.org.au
Lighthouse Community Centre Emergency relief
(07) 4661 8211
Lccinc37@gmail.com
Drought Angels Food hampers, care packs, financial assistance & other
(07) 4662 7371
Farm Household Allowance - Services Australia
Financial assistance for farming families in hardship
13 23 16
Rural Aid Financial assistance, fodder, domestic water deliveries & free mental health support
1300 327 624
Lifeline Darling Downs & South West QLD Ltd
Financial Counselling
1300 991 443
Legal Aid
Legal support
1300 651 188
Rural Health Connect
Psychologists and Financial Counsellors available at low or no cost
0427 692 377

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