Farmers and regional drought affected communities will have access to more support with the Coalition Government announcing it will provide more funding, cut red tape and increase services.
A new support package will deliver nearly $100 million to drought-hit communities in response to the ongoing drought conditions.
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said this funding would provide direct and immediate support to help farming families and communities.
“$33.4 million has been made available through the Drought Community Support Initiative to provide immediate financial assistance to eligible households in hardship,” Mr Vasta said.
“Farming households can receive up to $3000 to spend in their local communities to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities, taking stress off families and boosting the local economy.”
“The effects of the drought are not just felt on the farm – regional communities and businesses suffer as people spend less in towns.”
The Coalition Government will work with the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society to make sure this money hits the ground quickly and gets to those most in need.
Under the Drought Communities Programme Extension another 13 councils will have access to up to $1 million each to complete local infrastructure and drought-relief projects.
Mr Vasta said he was proud to be part of a government that was delivering for farmers doing it tough.
“The Morrison Government is committed to helping the hard-working farmers in our rural communities suffering as a direct result of this drought,” Mr Vasta said.
“No matter where you are in Australia whether it’s the city or the bush, this drought affects us all because when one of us suffers we all suffer.”