The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has welcomed the Morrison Government’s announcement of additional funding for drought-affected communities across Australia.
National Council chief Toby oConnor said the Government last week announced two new packages.
“Under the extension of the existing Drought Community Support Initiative, the society will distribute a further $15 million to local government areas already receiving support under the DCSI,” Mr oConnor said.
“Farmers, farm workers, farm contractors and suppliers struggling to pay for basic household expenses, but who have not yet applied, are encouraged to apply for a one-off payment of $3000.
“We’re seeing green shoots in some areas after much needed rain, but the impact of the drought will continue to bite for some time yet.”
The Government has also announced additional funding in newly drought-declared local government areas, to be serviced by The Salvation Army and the St Vincent de Paul Society. The Society will distribute $15 million in these new LGAs, commencing next month.
“[Last week’s] announcement has raised the expectations of people who might benefit from this urgently needed additional funding,” Mr oConnor said.
“When the contracts are signed, the society can commence assisting potential applicants.
“The society’s national call centre is currently processing applications at a rate of 700 a week and we have commenced a recruitment process to employ more staff to ensure people get access to the additional funding as quickly as possible,” Mr oConnor said.
Vinnies welcomes additional drought funding (St Vincent de Paul Society)