Cash flowing into drought-affected communities

More than 4,500 cash-strapped farming families and contractors have applied for $3,000 support grants in Round 2 of the Drought Community Support Initiative in its first four days.

Minister for Drought David Littleproud said the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul Society would continue to be the two main partners delivering the money.

“The charities not only have this proven track record of delivery, they also have an established regional footprint, trained personnel and appropriate governance to ensure against fraud,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Both charities are already getting this money to where it’s most needed.

“This will take pressure off farming families and make sure they have food on the table.

“Vinnies and the Salvos both have a solid track record of delivering rural support.

“They are professional organisations that are quick, efficient and highly accountable. This is important because there was evidence in the previous round of people trying to game the system.

“This round is a cash payment making it easier for farmers and contractors to spend it.

“I urge people getting the grant to spend it locally to help support jobs in their community.

“I encourage anyone in an eligible area to contact either Salvos or Vinnies to check their eligibility.

“This program is just another way are working with community as we step up our response to the drought.”

More information can be found at https://www.vinnies.org.au/droughthelp for St Vincent de Paul or at https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/disaster-relief-and-support/drought-community-support-initiative/ for the Salvation Army.