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Drought Relief

A range of drought support programs are currently available to assist farmers and farming related businesses through the devastating drought.

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Drought Hub outlines various State funded drought initiatives available at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub

The Australian Government has recently announced significant changes to boost financial and social support for farming communities across the count​ry, particularly those experiencing drought with more information available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/assistance

Drought Community Support Initiative

The Australian Government is providing $30 million in much-needed support to drought-affected families through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This will provide up to $3,000 in assistance to at least 10,000 households in 81 Local Government Areas eligible under the Drought Communities Programme Extension including the Bland Shire.

The funding is now available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers.

The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have been engaged to deliver the assistance. Eligible households should reach out to these organisations directly to seek financial support (details below).

The Salvation Army
24 hour hotline: 1300 551 030
Website: salvos.org.au/drought

St Vincent de Paul Society
Hotline: 13 18 12
Website: vinnies.org.au

Rotary Australia World Community Service
Website: rawcs.org.au

Further information can be found at the following link - https://regional.gov.au/r…/programs/drought-communities.aspx

Rural Financial Counselling Service

Rural Financial Counsellor John Beer currently visits West Wyalong one day a week and can assist farmers and farming related small business owners with support to make the right decisions for your business.
He can help to identify your financial and business options, develop and action plan, negotiate with lenders and apply for the various forms of Government assistance currently available.
Rural Financial Counsellors do not provide family, emotional or social counselling or financial advice but can provide referrals to other professional services.
You can book an appointment with John by phoning 1800 686 175.

Further information about the Rural Financial Counselling Service is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/assistance/rural-financial-counselling-service

Farming Community Counselling (formerly FarmGate)

David Bone is a Counsellor with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District based in Temora who provides Farming Community Counselling (formerly known as FarmGate) to Bland Shire residents.
Farming Community Counselling is friendly, free, one on one professional counselling for farmers, farming families and anyone who relies on farming for their income from agronomists to hairdressers and seed resellers to shearers.
To learn more or make an appointment with David please phone 0436 811 692.

Rural Aid

https://www.ruralaid.org.au/

Rural Aid support rural communities across Australia via a number of programs including Buy a Bale, Farm Army, Farm Rescue, Rural Counsellors and Gift of Music.

Buy a Bale

https://www.buyabale.com.au/

The Buy a Bale campaign is part of the Rural Aid charity, with the intention of supporting rural communities suffering through natural disasters such as the current drought we are experiencing.

If you’re a farming family in need of help, please contact Buy a Bale for assistance. If you know a farming family that needs help, tell them about this campaign or you can even register them for support and the Buy a Bale team will respectfully contact them and offer their services