The Nationals in Government are continuing to support our drought-ravaged communities, with a series of drop-in sessions in the regions.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said the information sessions were being offered so people could get an assessment for drought support or some additional information on what’s available.

“We are coordinating outreach activities to visit drought-affected communities to facilitate the delivery of Federal, State and local drought support services,” Mr McCormack said. “The aim of the initiative is to put communities in touch with support networks such as Government agencies, mental health service providers, rural and agricultural support organisations and charity groups that can provide or facilitate crucial support services. Organisations in attendance will be able to provide a comprehensive range of immediate and longer-term support programs and initiatives to help people manage during the drought and prepare for the future.”

“People are encouraged not to self-assess their individual situation, but to attend the local outreach activities and seek advice from an expert.”

Farmers and local businesses who needed support but hadn’t yet sought it, or people experiencing difficulty accessing available support, were encouraged to attend the outreach sessions.

“People are doing it tough, and some are reluctant to ask for help because they think other people are worse off than them, but there is plenty of support to go around,” Mr McCormack said.

Representatives from Federal Government agencies will be in attendance to provide assistance to enable people to access the range of support available, including:

  • Farm Household Allowance
  • tax assistance measures
  • farm and drought investment loans
  • employment assistance
  • insurance rebates
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service

New South Wales Government agencies, including Local Land Services and the Department of Primary Industries, have been invited to attend to provide assistance on the range of drought relief support available.

Locations:

West Wyalong – January 15

Condobolin – January 16

Parkes & Forbes – January 17

Scone – February 5

Narrabri – February 6

Mungindi – February 7

Walgett – February 12

Bourke – February 13

Brewarrina – February 14

Gunnedah – February 19

Dubbo – February 20

Gilgandra – February 21

Coonabarabran – February 26

Coonamble – February 27

Lightning Ridge – February 28

Narromine – March 5

Nyngan – March 6

Cobar – March 7

Wilcannia – March 12

Broken Hill – March 13

Wentworth – March 14