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Funding for 39 new locally-led projects for drought-affected communities

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Australian Government is continuing to back drought-affected communities, providing nearly $1.5 million in funding towards 39 new projects under the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's Tackling Tough Times Together program.

While COVID-19 and the bushfires have taken centre stage over the past six months, the drought and long-term rainfall deficiencies remain severe across much of the country.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said projects supported through the program help rural communities cope with the stress of the drought on families and businesses while contributing to the local economy and infrastructure renewal.

“Many projects funded in this round will help reduce volunteer fatigue, enhance social participation and boost the operations of local not-for-profit organisations, which are all crucial to drought-affected regional communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“They include the Outback Drowning Prevention Program for youth in Alpha, a Recovery Festival in Condobolin and an airstrip at Parachilna to better connect the community with the rest of Australia, the economy and critical services such as the Royal Flying Doctor.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said rural and regional Australia is continuing to show amazing spirit and resilience as they support each other through these tough times.

“I am glad to see these grants providing much-needed support to our hard-hit regional communities at such a crucial time, with this latest round of funding to be delivered to community groups.”

For more information on the Tackling Tough Times Together grant program, visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website at https://www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together.php