With the Maranoa Regional Council area having been drought declared since mid-2013, assistance is currently available via various government and community groups.
Residents affected are encouraged to access the below support.
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
For information on how you can get financial support from the Australian Government, please click here to download this Supporting Farmers & Rural Communities Fact Sheet.
This fact sheet encourages Australian farmers experiencing drought and other financial hardship to seek expert advice rather than self-assess their individual situation, and outlines the Australian Government assistance available to farmers and rural communities.
For more information and contact details, please click here.
DROUGHT COMMUNITY SUPPORT INITIATIVE
Residents affected by the ongoing drought can now access additional assistance with cash and vouchers available through the Australian Government’s Drought Community Support initiative.
The Australian Government has engaged the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service to deliver the initiative. Drought-affected households can access up to $3,000 per household (containing up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers). Residents should contact these organisations directly via the following details:
The Salvation Army | 24-hour hotline – 1300 551 030 | Website – salvos.org.au/drought
St Vincent de Paul Society | Hotline - 13 18 12 | Website – vinnies.org.au
Rotary Australia World Community Service | Website – rawcs.org.au
Agforce has collated a list of drought support measures residents may be eligible for – please click here for more information.
QUEENSLAND FARMERS' FEDERATION
Queensland Farmers' Federation has collated a list of assistance and support services available to farmers, as well as a list of details on how community members can lend a hand as well. Click here for more information.
Thanks to the generosity of the Australian community, the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal 'Help Aussie Farmers' has raised more than $10 million and the Queensland Country Women's Association is now distributing funds to help affected farmers.
Click here for more information regarding CWA Assistance.
NEED TO TALK WITH SOMEONE?
Financial Resilience – Lifeline Darling Downs
Free confidential Financial counselling and support for those experiencing financial stress.
Assist with advocating on your behalf with lenders, debt collectors and telcos as well as creating money plans to suite your situation. Free group presentations also available.
Location: 33 Russell St Toowoomba QLD 4455
Monthly visits to Roma (Roma Community Hub, Bungil St, Roma QLD 4455)
P: 1300 991 443.
Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland
Rural Financial Counsellors are available to assist primary producers or small rural businesses in Southern Queensland. Free, confidential, impartial and independent.
Location: Ag Force Building, 42b Wyndham Street, Roma Q 4455
P: 07 4622 4858.
Country Call Back
Country Callback is a 24/7 telephone support service for people living in rural and remote Queensland. The service offers targeted emotional support and the ability to call you back for additional support and check-ins.
The service (established and delivered by UnitingCare Queensland) can provide information, advice and referral to people experiencing personal, social, financial and emotional difficulties.
P: 1800 543 354.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or access the afterhours online crisis support chat here.
Suicide Callback Service
Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides 24/7 telephone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
P: 1300 659 467.