June 24, 2020
The Federal Government is extending a targeted drought support program until the end of this year.
The Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) was launched late last year, before the pandemic struck.
It is supporting farming households in 180 nominated Council areas across Australia, including the South Burnett.
“Since November, almost $75 million has been paid to support more than 25,000 farming households,” Agriculture Minister and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said on Wednesday.
“DCSI payments of up to $3000 are already assisting farming families to meet urgent expenses, including for food, petrol and utilities, and they have let us know how much this extra support has meant to them.
“The injection of money into rural and regional communities is supporting local businesses which were already struggling financially before the COVID-19 crisis.”
Eligible families living in the South Burnett, North Burnett, Toowoomba and Somerset areas should apply directly to the:
- Salvation Army
Salvation Army spokesperson Stuart Glover said the news of the extension brought some certainty to family budgets.
“The extension of this funding allows us to continue to support farming households who are in need because of this ongoing drought,” Mr Glover said.
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