Drought Fund directs $1 million to farmers in need

Further drought assistance is on the way for farmers in NSW and Queensland, with the NFF today announcing the release of $1 million from the 2018 Drought Relief Fund.

Quick facts

  • The 2018 Drought Relief Fund – a partnership between Channel 9, Rotary Australia World Community Service and the National Farmers’ Federation – today announced $1 million in grants to assist farmers in drought.
  • The Need for Feed initiative run by the Lions Club, which currently services NSW will receive $500,000 to assist with livestock fodder.
  • The Country Womens’ Associations of NSW will receive $250,000 to distribute financial support for households and the remaining $250,000 will go to the Queensland Country Women’s Association, also for household expenses.
Fiona Simson, NFF President
NFF President Fiona Simson announcing the release of drought funding on The Today Show this morning.

With more than half of Queensland and 100 per cent of NSW in drought, NFF President Fiona Simson said the contributions made to the Drought Relief Fund was a great demonstration of the public’s support for Australia’s farmers.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by Australia’s generosity, with our fund alone now holding more than $4 million – every cent of which will make its way into the hands of our farming families.

“Our primary objective is to ensure relief is delivered in a way that is targeted, transparent and beyond reproach,” she said.

Funds to assist with stock feed, household expenses

The CWA of NSW chief executive Danica Leys said the additional funding would be delivered as quickly as possible to families in need.

“We have a number of people using he funding for the provision of domestic water, as tanks run dry and farms start trucking water from near by towns,” she said.

The Need for Feed program coordinator Graham Cockerell said the funds would be used to bolster hay runs from Victoria up to NSW.

“Just this week, we’ve moved 14 truckloads of hay across the Bass Straight from Tasmania, which we delivered to Walgett, Inverell and everywhere in between.

“We’re already planning our next delivery with more than 50 trucks headed to Tamworth, Narrabri and surrounds in about a fortnight. The funding announced today will be put towards filling and fuelling this convoy,” he said.

Although honoured to be providing support to Australia’s farmers, Fiona Simson warned that while the 2018 Drought Relief Fund would make a difference, it is not a solution to the drought.

For more information on the 2018 Drought Relief Fund, or for information on where to access support visit our campaign page.



Andrea Martinello

Andrea Martinello

Andrea is the Community & Engagement Officer at the National Farmers' Federation.

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