Drought Assistance Information
The Southern Downs was drought declared in May 2018 following extremely dry conditions and little to no rainfall for many months.
While we can’t make it rain, there are other ways our farmers can be supported through this incredibly tough time.
There are a number of government and community drought-assistance and financial support programs available to farmers who are adversely affected by drought.
2019 Christmas Period - Community Support for Community, Schools and Families
The following list has been collated of supports and agency contacts on all manner of services that may be of benefit to you or someone you know over the coming Christmas holiday period. This list is relevant to families, carers, schools, community groups and service organisations, and includes specific phone numbers, websites and after hours contacts, in addition to a description of the tools and support available.
School Holiday Guide
The following two-page flyer offers a snapshot of a range of free or low cost activities for families during the holiday period, and some of the key support contacts which may be of benefit to you or your family.
Drought Community Support Initiative
The Salvation Army is working to deliver the Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) for eligible drought affected households.
If you're a farmer, farm worker or farm supplier/contractor who is struggling financially because of the drought, you may be entitled to receive a one-off payment of up to $3,000 funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 (DCSI).
To be eligible you'll need to be over 18, an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and live/work in a specified Local Government Area (LGA).
Payments can cover numerous expenses such as groceries, vehicle maintenance, energy & utility bills, and health & medical expenses.
Rural Support Training Programs
TAFE Queensland is seeking expressions of interest in Rural Support Training Programs in Warwick in 2019, which are fully funded for eligible participants. CLICK HERE for more information on the programs being offered (PDF 972.8KB).
For more information on how to access assistance please click on the following links:
Financial Assistance - how to apply for funds
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Where to Donate