South Australian farmers urged to sit down with drought support providers
South Australian farmers, farm workers, farm contractors and suppliers in drought-affected areas can obtain help with accessing federal, state and local support services thanks to a series of outreach events being coordinated by the Australian Government.
Coming to Streaky Bay Thursday 30th May, 2019 at the Community Complex 9.00am-11.00am. Click here for more details.
Locals will have the opportunity to sit down for one-on-one discussions with representatives from the Commonwealth and South Australian governments, farm business advisers, mental health support organisations and charities.
The aim is to provide tailored advice about accessing immediate and longer term support to help people manage their financial affairs, farm businesses and health challenges during and after the drought.
Below are links to websites that provide valuable information and assistance for farmers and businesses affected by the drought conditions.
On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme - The Australian and SA Governments are offering a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently-needed on-farm water infrastructure for livestock.
Eligible farmers can access a 25% rebate – up to $25,000 – on new purchases and installation costs for on-farm water infrastructure to help them provide water to livestock in the current drought and be better prepared for future dry conditions.
St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia - Vinnies is supporting our farmers and farming communities who are experiencing the full force of the current drought, by delivering the Federal Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) to communities in South Australia.
If you live in SA and are eligible for the DCSI funding you may be entitled to up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers or as a direct payment to local businesses, with the intent of the latter payment to retain spending in local communities.
farmhub.org.au has been established as an online resource enabling farmers to have a single and straightforward place to find out what drought assistance is available to them - once in the website all you need to do is type in your location to find help available.
map.drought.gov.au The National Drought Map is an online tool that brings together information on drought conditions and associated support measures.
The National Drought Map visually displays information relevant to a particular area and can be used as a decision support tool. This includes rainfall patterns, soil moisture, agricultural types and employment by industries. In many cases and depending on the underlying data, data can be examined down to local government area.
www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought provides a range of government services and support for farmers, their families and their communities to help them manage during times of drought and prepare for future conditions.