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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.


Community Engagement

Some of the Coorong District Council Elected Members in the Parks, Lakes and Mallee Wards have already hosted initial community sessions seeking from each Ward separately any initial ideas and feedback on how best to utilise the $2 million funding within the District.

The Council then held a workshop in late November 2019 where Members provided the resultant list of ideas from the Wards.

Each Member was then invited to consider each suggestion put forward and provide their favoured 20 projects/ideas.

These 20 favoured projects/ideas have now been collated as a whole (from each Ward) and will be presented to the townships of Tailem Bend; Peake; Tintinara and Meningie at the community sessions listed below for comment, feedback and input to then be reported back to Council at its 17 December 2019 meeting. It is anticipated Council will finalise the preferred projects/ideas at this meeting to ensure the associated deadlines required by the Federal Government can be met.

Council and staff have been advised that no extensions to the deadlines will be granted, hence the urgency for projects/ideas to be finalised so that works can commence as soon as possible.


Please join us at any of the upcoming community sessions:

  • 9 December 2019 - Coorong Civic Centre, 95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend (6pm - 7pm)
  • 10 December 2019 - Peake Memorial Hall, Mallee Highway, Peake (7:30pm)
  • 11 December 2019 - Tintinara Council Office, 37 Becker Terrace, Tintinara (6pm - 7pm)
  • 12 December 2019 - Meningie Information Hub, 49 Princes Highway, Meningie (6pm - 7pm)


The community can also provide feedback via:


Coorong District Council

PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260

Phone:1300 785 277

Or in person at any Coorong District Council office.


What Next

Once further feedback has been sought from the community, a report will be presented to Council (17 December 2019) for decision on the final projects/ideas for submission. 

Official submissions will then be written and lodged, and upon approval works will commence.

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Coorong District Council

95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend SA 5260

PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260

Call: 1300 785 277


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