Drought-hit farmers in the Forbes Shire may be able to access one-off payments of up to $3,000 due to the Federal Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2.
Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the payments would provide relief to some of the worst-hit farming families. “We know farmers are doing it tough during this prolonged dry spell and we want those who are struggling to know we have their backs – always have, always will,” Michael said.
The Drought Community Support Initiative is a measure that aims to ease financial hardship by assisting farmers in covering their day-to-day cost of living. The money may be used for things like groceries, power bills or car servicing. The government has partnered with The Salvation Army to deliver this money to farmers living in the Forbes Shire.
Registrations are now open for drought-affected farmers, farm workers, contractors and suppliers in the Forbes Shire.
Eligible applicants should apply through The Salvation Army by visiting www.salvationarmy.org.au/drought or by calling 1300 551 030. Applicants need to be over the age of 18 and live and work in an eligible Local Government Area.