Lismore and Richmond Valley drought affected communities have now had the drought communities fund extended to their areas.
The Drought Communities Program will provide $1 million each for both the Richmond Valley and Lismore City Councils. The funding will allow them to complete a range of drought-relief projects and works on local infrastructure.
Farmers who are directly affectedly the droughts are all able to seek help through the The Farm Household Allowance (FHA). For farmers who are eligible it can provide four years of income assistance. Couples can receive payments of $30,000 per annum. You can check your eligibility by calling 132 316 or online.
Alternatively, you can contact The Rural Financial Counselling Service, which is a free confidential service. The local Rural Financial Counselling Service at Casino can be contacted on 6662 5055. As part of their service, they can help farmer’s complete paperwork, identify financial and business options, negotiate with lenders and identify other assistance schemes.
Commenting on the announcement local MP Kevin Hogan said, ‘While we have had recent rain the recovery from drought will take time. This funding will help to drive local economies, supporting local jobs, helping businesses and farmers alike’.