David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

‘One Stop Shop’ for drought support coming to Maranoa

March 10, 2021

Maranoa MP David Littleproud is encouraging rural residents affected by drought to find out what support is available to them at a series of Drought Community Outreach Events coming soon to Maranoa.

Organised and funded by the Federal Government’s National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency, and in partnership with Rotary Australia, the Drought Community Outreach Program will visit Maranoa communities this month to provide support and advice on the drought, flood and challenges like COVID-19.

Mr Littleproud said the events at Cunnamulla, Morven, Miles and Jandowae will deliver a ‘one stop shop’ for drought support services and information.

“These events will bring together all levels of government, charities, not-for-profit and agricultural organisations to support farmers and rural communities living through the immediate and longer-term effects of drought,” Mr Littleproud said.

“It’s a great opportunity for farmers, families and community members to catch up with friends and neighbours and find out what support is available during drought and tough times.

“While some areas of Queensland and Australia have received some good rain in recent months, there are still many areas of Maranoa that have missed out on decent falls, so these events are so important in keeping up the morale in our rural and remote communities.

“Attendees will be able to get information and advice on low-interest loans, Farm Household Allowance, On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, $3,000 Drought Community Support Initiative. Rotary will also be distributing $500 vouchers to drought-affected households and conducting community well-being activities at the outreach events.

“The aim is to ensure our communities are given the right information, advice and options to prepare and recover from drought now and into the future.”

The events will have representatives from Australian Government agencies such as the Australian Taxation Office, Regional Investment Corporation (RIC), Services Australia and NBN Co. State government agencies and non-government organisations with drought support information will also be at each event.

Maranoa Drought Community Outreach Events:

Cunnamulla: Monday, March 29 from 10am to 2pm – Cunnamulla Shire Hall, 3 Jane Street, Cunnamulla

Morven: Tuesday, March 30 from 10am to 2pm – Morven Community Hall, Warrego Highway, Morven

Miles: Wednesday, March 31 from 11am to 3pm – Anzac Park, Warrego Highway, Miles

Jandowae: Thursday, April 1 from 9am to 12 noon – Jandowae Memorial Hall, George Street, Jandowae

For more information on the Drought Community Outreach Program visit: https://www.droughtandflood.gov.au/recovery-assistance/outreach