Coordinator-General for Drought and Flood the Hon Shane Stone AC QC has been on the road extensively, visiting some of the worst-affected communities across Australia and listening to their needs. He has been feeding back to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud what’s working well and what further assistance is needed.
Today, Minister Littleproud has announced an additional $82.75 million for the Drought Communities Support Initiative, which provides crucial relief for farming households in drought-affected Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Australia. Eligible farming households, including those living in the 52 LGAs announced last month as part of the Drought Communities Program Extension, will be able to apply for up to $3,000 from The Salvation Army Australia or Vinnies Australia Australia to help pay for groceries and other household bills.
In addition, the Agency will partner with Rotary Australia World Community Service for drought community outreach activities. This outreach will bring together a range of services to help community members understand the different types of support available to them during these difficult times. Rotary is also funded to provide vouchers of up to $500 to farming households experiencing financial hardship due to drought. We look forward to working with them in a genuine partnership where we can bring our collective strengths and experiences to support drought-affected communities right across Australia.