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Further Drought Assitance For Farmers And Communities

My Government is delivering its National Drought Response by:

 

Helping those affected right now. To date, we’ve helped over 12,700 farming families with around $100,000, paid over four years.  It’s not a loan, it doesn’t ever have to be paid back.  It’s there to help them get through. This is in addition to a range of rebates, tax relief, interest free concessional loans for farmers and small businesses, and access to financial counselling.

 

Supporting wider communities. It’s not just farmers who are doing it tough, the businesses and communities that depend on our farmers also need help.  That’s why we’ve provided up to $300 million to drought affected local councils to get infrastructure projects off the ground.  This helps keep locals employed and businesses going. On top of this, we’re giving local councils extra funding to build better, safer roads, and investing in community-led infrastructure projects through the Building Better Regions Fund. We’re also funding charities, including Vinnies, Salvation Army and the Country Women’s Association, with over $70 million to provide support where it is needed the most.

 

Building a more drought resilient Australia. We can’t make it rain, but we can be prepared for when it does. That’s why we established the $5 billion Future Drought Fund, to ensure in the good times and the bad there is money available to build resilience. We’ve secured 100GL of water for farmers to use to grow cheap fodder for other farmers. And we have 21 water infrastructure projects on the go right now with more projects planned for the future.

 

While Government is supporting farmers, we’re also asking anyone who is able, support a charity, buy Australian made and grown products, or even take a weekend away in a regional town.