Member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced further drought assistance for our community, through the Drought Communities Programme.
“While we have had recent rain the recovery from drought will take time,” Kevin Hogan said.
“It’s Wonderful news today that the Richmond Valley and Lismore City Council will receive a grant of $1 million each to complete local infrastructure and other drought-relief projects.
“This funding will help to drive local economies, supporting local jobs, helping businesses and farmers alike,” Kevin Hogan concluded.
The Farm Household Allowance (FHA), is also there to help our farmers through periods of hardship, providing 4 years of income assistance. Payments of $30,000 per annum for couples are available now, you can check your eligibility by calling 132 316 or online at: www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/farm-household-allowance
Alternatively, you can contact The Rural Financial Counselling Service, which is a free confidential service. Our local Rural Financial Counselling Service at Casino can be contacted on 6662 5055. As part of their service, they can help farmer’s complete paperwork, identify financial and business options, negotiate with lenders and identify other assistance schemes.