Drought relief at hand for eligible Moree Plains Shire residents and businesses
THE Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) was announced by the Australian Government at the National Drought Summit in October last year.
And Moree Plains Shire Council mayor Katrina Humphries encourages people affected by drought in the Moree Plains Shire, to contact one of the participating organisations and talk about their situation to access financial, practical or emotional assistance.
“People in our community are doing it tough, and some are reluctant to ask for help. I urge anyone affected by the drought or who are feeling the pinch, to reach out and ask for assistance,” Cr Humphries said.
The objective of the initiative is to provide immediate assistance to farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship arising from the impact of drought in eligible Local Government Areas.
“Consider it to be a tax return and take the help that is offered with both hands. After all, this drought is a natural disaster and has impacted many of our town’s families and businesses. This funding means that money can be invested in the local economy and provide relief for many more people in need,” Cr Humphries said.
Immediate financial support may constitute up to $3000 per eligible household using a combination of up to $2000 in cash and up to $1000 in vouchers.
This financial assistance is being delivered locally by The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service on behalf of the Government and is designed to be a simple and timely process without the red tape.
Households should contact these organisations’ directly through phone numbers and websites below to access a range of available support and further information:
- St Vincent de Paul: call 13 18 12 or visit www.vinnies.org.au/page/News/National/National_News_Items_2019/The_Drought_is_Taking_Its_Toll
- Salvation Army: call 02 8757 8088 or visit www.salvos.org.au/about-us/news-and-stories/disasters-other-appeals/2018-droughts or www.salvos.org.au/about-us/news-and-stories/disasters-other-appeals/2018-droughts/access-drought-assistance
- Rotary Australia: www.rawcs.org.au
Media Release: February 11, 2019