NSW Drought Support for Rural Communities in Need

NSW Drought Support for Rural Communities in Need

The current drought across eastern Australia is causing a major crisis particularly in New South Wales and Southern Queensland. Droughts are part of our landscape, however eastern Australia is currently experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record. This has resulted in a lack of feed for livestock, failed crops and severe water shortages across parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland.

In some parts of western NSW, the dams have all but dried up, rivers are running low and the summer is yet to commence. This puts an enormous strain on the communities affected by the drought, especially for our farmers livelihoods, which in turn has a major impact on to regional towns and cities that support them.
Water infrastructure on the farm is essential for keeping these properties running and to ensure the welfare of livestock. This drought has caused a devastating financial situation for many farmers. This has made any possible investment into water infrastructure for farmer’s properties unaffordable without financial assistance.
However, there is now financial assistance available to lend a helping hand to the struggling rural communities in NSW through the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (NSW Rural Assistance Authority). This one-off rebate is available to farmers in NSW affected by drought. The aim of the scheme is to assist with investment into water infrastructure to support farmers in mitigating the serious impacts of the drought.

Click here to view all details of the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, to check your eligibility and to apply.