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). Households 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 – www.vinnies.org.au
Rotary Australia World Community Service
Website – www.rawcs.org.au
Maranoa Regional Council has received funding from the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to provide support to residents affected by drought within the Maranoa region. Part of this funding is to provide opportunities for social interaction, and another portion is for Flexible Financial Hardship.
Flexible Financial Hardship Support funding of up to $500 per household is available for drought affected community members. Residents are encouraged to apply by submitting the form and providing supporting documentation as required. Note: a copy of a rates notice is required to confirm residency in the Maranoa local government region.
There are two options for receiving the assistance:
Option 1: $500 in $50 vouchers to be used at selected stores in the Maranoa region
Option 2: Financial assistance up to $500 with a specific bill/account (bill to be provided with application)
Ø Funding is limited so please apply early to avoid disappointment
Ø All claims are subject to assessment and approval by Maranoa Regional Council
Ø Applicants must reside within the Maranoa Regional Council area
Ø All vouchers and bill payments must be redeemed by 30 November 2018
Ø Vouchers may only be redeemed at the stores listed
Ø Eligible bills in Option 2 include, but are not limited to, vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, farm insurance, accountants’ fees, machinery repairs, grocery store accounts, and training. Residents are encouraged to talk to Council (Grants Officer) if their bill does not fit under these headings to see if it is eligible for claim.
If you have any questions please contact Council on 1300 007 662.
QRIDA services include:
For more information please visit our website: QRIDA
Contact: Tony Koch
Phone: 07 4622 8527
or Freecall: Free Call 1800 623 946
Please click on link below:
The updates are a new map of the regions and phone listings for the Rural Financial Counsellors (RFCs).
Please note: There is an error in the phone listing for RFC Glen Budden – should read 0419 894 474 (not 0149 894 474 – am unable to change this in the document.)