David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Another round of funding for Maranoa to help drought-stricken communities

February 26, 2021

The Australian Government is continuing to back drought-affected communities, with 10 projects in Maranoa sharing in over $1.1 million in federal funding under the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management and Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the Government was pleased to support the Foundation’s critical work of supporting and strengthening the capabilities, connections and wellbeing of drought-affected communities.

“The Tackling Tough Times Together program has a range of benefits, including reducing social isolation, stimulating the local economy and supporting social and educational participation for disadvantaged youth,” Minister Littleproud said.

“In Maranoa, 10 projects will be funded under this latest round of grants, including $60,000 for the Goondiwindi Pastoral and Agricultural Society to install internal fencing at the Goondiwindi Showgrounds, and $45,000 for the Outback Festival Incorporated to deliver the 2021 Outback Festival in Winton.

“These projects will support stronger local economies, reduce volunteer fatigue and reduce social isolation in our rural communities.

“The Australian Government’s $15 million commitment to the FRRR Tackling Tough Times Together program supports hundreds of projects run by local groups in drought-affected regional communities.  I urge all community groups in Maranoa to apply for funding under the program to bring their much-needed initiatives to life.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this latest injection of Government support for 24 individual projects nationwide came at a critical time.

“Our regional and remote communities across Australia require support in battling the impacts of drought, especially after the compounded challenges of COVID-19,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Unfortunately some parts of the country continue to experience prolonged rainfall deficiency and we know these dry periods might continue for some time, making our ongoing support all the more vital.

“The past year has been difficult for many Australians, however rural and regional Australians continue to show remarkable grit and resilience.”

More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the latest round of recipients can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.frrr.org.au/grants/TTTT  or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website at www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs.