Wednesday, 27 May 2020
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Farmers urged to access Drought Funds

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz wants more drought hit primary producers to apply for cash grants.

“I was able to secure access to the Drought Communities Support Initiative (DCSI) cash support scheme for local farmers and I want to encourage them to apply for the $3,000 in payments,” he said.

The DCSI is being distributed by the Salvation Army.

“We know many of our primary producers are still doing it tough. While late last year and earlier this year, we saw a shift in the spotlight as a result of the bushfires and now the Coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government has not forgotten about primary producers.

“Despite rains earlier in the year, there’s been no sustained follow up rain.

“Our farmers are still feeling the enormous weight of the drought. They are carrying that burden in their overdraft accounts.

“By providing access to the $3,000 cash payments, we’re wanting to relieve some of those household pressures. To put food on the table, pay some bills and provide some wriggle room.”

Captain Wes Bust, from the Fassifern Salvation Army, said it was critical farmers take advantage of the scheme and access the funds.

“Over the last two years, we’ve been providing more support to our farmers and farming families than ever before.

“This drought has taken a toll on them, many are struggling and that’s why it is so important to access the funds the government has made available.

“I encourage any local producer or person that is eligible, to get in touch with us and we’ll support you through the process.” 

The funding can be accessed by visiting the Salvation Army website at salvationarmy.org.au or by calling the team at the Fassifern Salvation Army on 5463 2932.