Southern Downs Regional Council (SRDC), The Federal Government and The Salvation Army are working together to help rural residents across the Southern Downs access water in these tough drought times. SDRC received $150,000 in Federal Government funding to pay for the carting of drinking water to rural residents, delivering drought relief for those significantly impacted by recent drought conditions.

The water carting will be made available to eligible rural property owners and occupiers not connected to the Council’s reticulated water supply as part of $1 million in funding secured through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP).  The Salvation Army will administer the funding program because of the organisation’s well-established referral pathways and existing frontline assessment service.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said water cartage will help ease the burden on rural residents who are experiencing the ongoing impacts of severe drought conditions.“Council is thrilled to partner with The Salvation Army to ensure this vital drought relief funding is being used where it is most needed,” Cr Dobie said.“This service will be best delivered with The Salvation Army’s existing connections, resources and highly skilled staff who can assess the needs of rural residents and also refer them to established, trusted service providers and additional assistance if required. The $1 million in funding from the DCP has allowed Council to fund important projects that deliver an important boost to the region’s economy and provide a much-needed helping hand to our rural residents.”

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