Drought funding set to flow for eligible councils

128 drought-affected councils can now apply for up to $1 million each under the Drought
Communities Programme.

Minister for Drought David Littleproud said the program was to fund council projects that stimulate their local economy.

“We wanted this ready to go before Christmas and now councils can get their applications in,” Minister Littleproud said.

“This will get projects off the ground sooner so drought-hit communities get the boost they need.

“The program delivers more business for suppliers like local hardware stores and more jobs for their communities.

“In just over 18 months this program will have delivered $250 million to communities in drought.

“The program has already funded more than 300 projects, such as potable water supplies, tourist attractions and community events, and employed drought support officers.

“The extension of this program demonstrates that as the drought steps up, so does our response.

“We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these communities through this drought and prepare them for the next one.

“These projects will provide an immediate economic boost so I urge councils to apply for funding as soon as they can.”

More information on the application process is available at www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-