Drought Support Agencies and Services
DOWNLOAD all 42 support brochures in a single file here
Farming families within drought declared areas are encouraged to apply for a range of assistance from agencies including:
- Comprehensive drought support phone and website list - PDF download
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website www.daf.qld.gov.au or by calling the Business Information Centre on 13 25 23.
- AgriStarter Loan Up to $2M for: Eligible first time farmers wanting to buy, establish or develop their first farm – or – Eligible farmers and farm businesses who are planning for and implementing succession arrangements
- Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority for low interest loans for drought related infrastructure
- Rural Financial Counselling or subscribe to their monthly newsletters here
- Australian Dam De-silting Rebate
- Queensland Country Women's Association (CWA) - which is managing distribution of funds raised through the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal 'Help Aussie Famers'
- Rural Aid including the 'Buy-a Bale' appeal and fund
- Farm Army - volunteers to help impacted farmers
- Drought Angels
- Salvo's Drought Appeal and support
- Guide to having supportive drought conversations
- Neami Health Service Navigator or call 1300 012 710
- Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul) call 1800 Vinnie (1800 846 643)
- Lifeline Darling Downs - email for support
- and others which may be found online or promoted in newspapers and publications
Types of support
Lockyer Valley Regional Council recognises the extent of the drought across more than 50% of Queensland and across much of eastern Australia. Many areas in inland parts are facing tougher conditions than the Lockyer Valley and Council encourages the support of all farmers, businesses and families in need.
Donations to Drought Support Agencies
Council recognises that conditions in the Lockyer Valley are worsening each week as we wait for rain, and asks that community members consider making donations to appeals where funds can be designated to the Lockyer Valley.
Shop Local to support our drought-affected community
While farmers face the most direct impacts of drought, there are flow on effects to their employees, the businesses that supply to farms and the local shops where famers and their employees shop. The whole community can be impacted by the drought and Council encourages local community members to be mindful of this and to do their part by shopping local. Please consider giving a Lockyer Valley Why Leave Town gift card for birthdays, etc to encourage local spending.
Drought Support Action Plan
Council hosted the Lockyer Valley Livestock Farming Drought Support Forum in September 2019 and worked with 70 local rural landholders to develop the Drought Support Action Plan (the Plan).
The Plan contains 41 action items identified by local farmers and provides a roadmap for all stakeholders including Council, farmers, support agencies and State and Federal Governments.
Council updated the Plan in September 2020 to list the status of each action item.
The Drought Support Action Plan can be downloaded here.
Rural and regional business support
The Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland (RFCSSQ) provides free, confidential, impartial, mobile financial counselling for small, medium and primary production businesses in financial hardship.
The RFCS Programme in Queensland is funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.
RFCSSQ have an experienced team located across Southern Queensland with offices in Biggenden, Biloela, Blackall, Bundaberg, Charleville, Emerald, Gatton, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Kingaroy, Miles/Chinchilla, Rockhampton, Roma, St George, Toowoomba and Warwick. They service these locations and surrounding areas.
Contact 07 46 225500, visit their website www.rfcssq.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Access the RFCSSQ Rural Finances newsletter here.