Drought Communities Program
The Federal Government's Drought Communities Programme will provide $250 million over three years to eligible councils to deliver immediate economic stimulus and other benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia.
There have been five announcements of funding to eligible councils since the program commenced, and Coorong District Council was named as eligible in recent announcements made in September and November 2019 (allocation of up to $2 million funding).
The program will support and fund local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities who have been impacted by drought.
Funding will target infrastructure and projects that:
- provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
- stimulate local community spending
- use local resources, businesses and suppliers
- provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.
The intended outcomes of the program are to:
- increase employment in regions by providing work for locals and/or farmers and farm labourers/staff/contractors whose employment opportunities have been affected by drought
- improve levels of economic activity in regions
- increase productivity in regions
- enable better retention of businesses, services and facilities.
Funding allocated under the September 2019 announcement requires projects to be delivered by 30 June 2020, and funding allocated under the November 2019 announcement requires projects to be delivered by 31 December 2020. Further information regarding the Drought Communities Programme can be accessed here.