With much of NSW farming community in the grip of one of the worst droughts, it’s appropriate to mention again the support that is available to Farmers at this time, so we have put together a brief list of those organisations you can contact.
Drought Hub is the first stop for many looking to access support information and programs; https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub
The department of Primary Industries is offering Concessional Loans and information can be accessed here; https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/concessional-loans/drought-assistance
There is a raft of other services available at the website from Drought Strategy, Transport Assistance, Farm Business Skills, Debt Mediation Information and Rural Financial Counselling.
The department of Agriculture and Water Resources also has information beneficial to the Farming Communities, and can be found here; http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought
- Dairy Support Package
- Farm Household Allowance
- Farm Management Deposits (FMD)
- Taxation measures
- Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)
- Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme
- Drought Assistance Concessional Loans
- Drought Communities Programme
- Managing Farm Risk Programme
- Enhanced social support
- Pest and weed management
Drought Assistance Contacts can also be found here; http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/drought-assistance-contacts
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Social media has become a mainstay, and pages such as “One day Closer to Rain. (Drought)” has been assisting farming families and members in connecting and sharing experiences, and give a lot of comfort to those struggling through the same issues, as well as highlighting to the wider metropolitan regions, the situation across vast stretches of Australia at this moment.
And don’t forget there is always someone to talk too- always.
- Beyondblue Support Service– 1300 224 636
- Carer Line – 1800 242 636
- Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Mensline – 1300 789 978
- Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
- Parentline – 1300 1300 52 (NSW)
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
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