Coorong District Council

Drought and Dairy Support Services in the Coorong

Drought and Dairy Support Services in the Coorong

A range of drought and dairy support services are now available across the Coorong District.

Federal Government funding for Drought related Social and Community measures ceased on the 30th of June 2016. However there are ongoing measures to support farmers and farming communities dealing with drought and dairy industry issues. 

This page contains a range of useful contacts, resources, links to technical information, and software.

Australian Government - Department of Human Services

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Ongoing assistance measures to assist farmers and farming families include;

  • Drought/Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans – to assist farm businesses to manage and recover from drought /dairy industry issues and return to viability in the long term. Further details below under Primary Industries and Regions SA.

  • Farm Household Allowance - up to three years of income support for eligible farmers and their partners to improve their long-term financial situation. Farmers experiencing hardship who are receiving the Farm Household Allowance will continue to be supported with a Farm Household Allowance case worker. An additional 18 staff have been recruited to the National Farm Household Assistance processing team to expedite processing. See Farmer Assistance Hotline details below.

  • Youth Allowance – including changes to the assessment process, which will enable a greater number of rural youth experiencing financial hardship to qualify for income support.        

  • The Rural Financial Counselling Service - free rural financial counselling for farmers to better understand and improve the financial position of their business. Further details below.

  • National community mental health and family and relationship services - to support the prevention of family breakdown and strengthen family relationships.


Dairy Liaison Officer Contacts

Carmel Shellie (Service Zone Nth Central Vic – based at Shepparton) will commence in the Dairy Liaison Officer role on 1 August 2016 .     0402948193

Philip Joyce (Service Zone West Vic – based at Geelong) will backfill the role from 4th - 29th of July.      03 52248422   

Please click here to view a link of the Dairy Liaison Officer role description


Farmer Assistance Hotline   

Farm Household Allowance

Help for farmers and their families experiencing financial hardship

Telephone:  13 23 16



PIRSA logo

For further information on support available from Primary Industries and Regions SA contact: phone (08) 8762 9100 or visit

Click link below to access information in regard to Dairy Suppport Services.

Drought and Dairy Concessional Loans administered by PIRSA

The Drought Concessional Loans and Drought Recovery Concessional Loans schemes are now available to South Australian farmers until 30 June 2016 (or when fully allocated – whichever occurs first).

PIRSA’s Prudential and Rural Financial Services staff can be contacted toll free on 1800 182 235.


Rural Business Support

Rural Financial Counselling

Free, confidential and impartial business support and information to primary producers

Rural Business Support (RBS) is a not-for-profit organisation based in South Australia, formed in 2006 as part of the national rural financial counselling network.

As a Rural Financial Counsellors work closely with primary producers, including fishermen and small rural business owners, to plan for their future and be better prepared for climate variability.

Rural Financial Counsellors work with eligible clients to review a range of options with the aim of improving profitability and long term viability. We provide information and decision making support to clients, promote sound business management practices and refer clients to other professional service providers where appropriate.

Sara Pixley - Rural Financial Counsellor

0448 092 294 -

Sara covers the Murray Mallee region – stretching to Langhorne Creek, Pinnaroo, Swan Reach, Tungkillo, Callington

Telephone:  1800 836 211 


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Natural Resources South East – Dry Times Management Web Page :

The Dry Times Management page has a list of resources to assist with farm management decisions and help you look after your financial and mental wellbeing during tough times.

Features include:
- Latest BOM seasonal outlook
'A farmer’s health and land go hand in hand' Download Flyer
- Dry Times landholder case studies, workshop presentations and resources.


Natural Resources Weather Station Networks

Natural Resources South East logo  Natural Resources SAMDB logo

Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin and South East both have extensive weather station networks. There is likely to be a regularly updated weather station near you which you can look up at any time using the links below. It is ideal to save these addresses in your 'favourites' to access at any time.

Improved Local Weather Station Tool

A new website has been developed with a user friendly app type interface to access the local data available through the Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin and South East weather stations. The site is especially designed for use on smart phones, and tablets.

As well as a point of access to current conditions at local weather stations, the site also enables you to access data from the last seven days, warnings, and covers the parameters that need to be considered when spraying, spreading, harvesting, and irrigating.

To access this terrific tool CUT AND PASTE: into your browser IF using a smart phone or table

OR into your browser IF using a computer

Weather Sherlock screen shot Weather Station Lewis screen shot

SA Murray Darling NRM Weather Stations

South East NRM Weather Stations


Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan logo  Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan

Links to presentations from:

Drought Management Opportunities Workshops

Includes informative presentations on;

  • Weather and climate information for adapting to dry seasons in SE South Australia

  • Utilising Failed Crops for Livestock and Spontaneous Combustion of Hay

  • Feed Budgeting in a Drought

  • Rural Business Support Financial Counselling

  • Setting up stock containment areas

  • Livestock feed requirement, health and welfare

Adapting your Farm Business to Dry and Variable Conditions Workshop

Includes informative presentations on; - local weather trends, - resilient farm businesses, - adapting your agronomy and livestock management to dry conditions, - Australian Government Department of Human Services Drought Program.

Please click here:


Ration Book Software

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‘Ration Book' is a computer program that calculates least cost diets for sheep and beef cattle. It has recently been updated and re-released by the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan.

Rations can be formulated for stock under drought, maintenance, growth, pregnancy or lactation situations. Supplementary rations can be added to dry pasture or stubble paddocks while fully suppled rations are for growth feedlots or autumn confinement feeding.

The program can also be used for budgeting fodder reserves, both in terms of the quantities of feed stuffs to put in store and when calculating alternative purchasing or selling strategies.

For more information or to order a copy please visit:


MacKillop Farm Management Group logo MacKillop Farm Management Group

Tiff Bennett put together the series of articles below on getting the best from those unsuccessful crops within your livestock enterprise. Please click on the articles below to link to the MacKillop Farm Management Group website.

Utilising Failed Bean Crops for Livestock

Making Hay and Silage from Failed Crops

Using Failed Chickpea and Lupin Crops

For more information on any of the above please contact Tiffany Bennett


Phone: 0887629126 / 0488524609

(Office days:  Tuesday and Friday)


Limestone Coast Service Directory

Limestone Coast Service Directory

The Limestone Coast Service Directory has been recently launched. This is a community project that will enable the Limestone Coast community to connect with the many community health services provided in our region.

The directory can be found at

If you click on the 'search services' tab on the home screen you will see the break down of services covered.

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Click here to access the Suicide Prevention Network page

Drought related Media Releases

Drought support services for Coorong farmers(165 kb)

Drought support for Coorong communities(230 kb)

A farmers health and land go hand in hand 

 A farmers health and land go hand in hand 2

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