David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Supporting south west Queensland farmers in drought

August 14, 2019

People in drought-affected Queensland who make a living from agriculture can find out what assistance is available to them at an upcoming Drought Community Outreach events.

Minister for Drought David Littleproud said Queenslanders will be able to have one-on-one conversations with both Federal and State agencies, and local service providers.

“Drought assistance isn’t one size fits all, this will show people the options they have,” Minister Littleproud said.

“As Member for Maranoa I’ve seen the devastating impact of drought on farm families, farm businesses and rural communities first hand.

“This will provide tailored advice to help communities through the drought and to build resilience for the next one.

“This could include financial assistance, water infrastructure rebates, business coaching, succession planning and mental health support services.

“These events will both help support farmers and strengthen rural communities.

“Drought is part of the Australian landscape and something our rural communities need to plan for.

“The Coalition is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with farmers in drought and has committed more than $7 billion to drought support.

“We’re also listening to farmers and have responded by cutting red tape in applications.

“We’ve also expanded some eligibility criteria making it easier to access assistance and mental health services.”

The events are part of a series of outreach events in drought-affected communities across

Australia coordinated by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional

Development this year.

More than 2,100 farmers have attended 56 Drought Outreach events across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Details of upcoming events can be found at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/outreach.