Several members have been in contact recently to get advice on what funding is available for drought conditions. Unfortunately, several affected regions including the Scenic Rim remain undeclared but there are still some options available for funding assistance.
A total of 23 councils and 4 part council areas drought declared and there are also 55 Individually Droughted Properties in a further 9 local government areas. While the process to have an individual property declared is more arduous, with up to $30,000 available it is worth the effort for subsidies on the transport of fodder and water for livestock during drought and returning from agistment and restocking in the recovery period ($20,000). There is a further $10,000 if you have a Drought Management Plan that is endorsed by a DAF officer.
Other assistance includes:
- Drought relief Electricity Charges Scheme – waived or reimbursed supply charges used to pump water for farm or irrigation purposes
- Land rent rebates - rural lease holders where rent is more than $235 may be eligible for 12% rebate
- Annual water licence fees or new water licence applications for stock or domestic use may be waived
- Financial & mental health counselling services
- Farm household allowance through Centrelink which can be upto $500 per fortnight.
- Farm management grants for 50% up to $2500 for professional advice on succession planning is available from QRIDA
Also, farmers have access to the Rural Financial Assistance Scheme who can:
- help identify your financial and business options
- help negotiate with your lenders
- help you develop an action plan
- help support you to access the Farm Household Allowance (FHA)
Should you need help in finding these services, please contact QDO to assist you.