The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is supporting drought-affected communities in the New England with a share in $1.35 million in grants from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together initiative.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said grants include Federal Government funding of $60,000 toward repairs of the concrete floor and amenities facilities at Inverell Community Youth Centre, with total project funding of $76,800.
A further $55,092 in Australian Government is being delivered to Graman War Memorial Hall Society to upgrade entrance points and ramps for wheelchair-friendly access, install new flashing and guttering to the roof and fit a solar panel system, with total project funding of $60,832.
Grants also include Federal Government funding of $17,018 toward a storage shed for Moonan Flat charity theatre group, Upper Hunter Mummers, with total project funding of $21,043.
“This is a shot in the arm for the people in Inverell, Graman and Moonan Flat who really have been tackling the tough times,” Mr Joyce said.
“Recent rain has been a blessing but we’re far from seeing the end of this drought.
“That’s why I’m committed to delivering further assistance for communities right around the New England so people on the land and in our towns, can get back on their feet, sooner.”
The Tackling Tough Times Together program has a range of benefits, including keeping money flowing through shops and suppliers, boosting local tourism and creating jobs for drought-hit communities.
These grants are managed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), and funded through the collaboration of more than 15 donors from government, philanthropy, business and individuals, including the Australian Government which committed $15 million to be distributed over three years.
The Federal Government is backing drought-affected communities by providing more than $8 billion in drought assistance and concessional loans to support those experiencing hardship.