Projects in drought affected communities share $1.2 million in grants

The Australian Government says it is continuing to support drought-affected communities, with 36 projects earmarked to share in $1.2 million of federal funding.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the latest announced funding, under the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program, came at a critical moment in regional Australia’s economic recovery.

 “For many regional communities, the challenges of COVID-19 have compounded the longstanding impact of drought, which we know is only truly broken after 18 to 24 months of sustained good rainfall – something that still seems a long way off in a lot of places,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

McCormack claimed $15 million had been allotted for the Tackling Tough Times Together program, targeted at supporting projects run by local groups in drought-affected regional communities.

Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud said Tackling Tough Times Together would families and businesses in regional communities through the stress of the drought by supporting economy activity and investing in local infrastructure.

 “Many projects funded under this round will provide relief and assistance to volunteers, get more members of the community out and about, and upgrade community spaces and infrastructure, making life that bit easier in drought-affected regional communities,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Projects funded in this round include upgrades to the agricultural hall in Aldersyde, Western Australia; funding for the Gunning Arts Festival in NSW’s Upper Lachlan Shire; a theatre, gallery and community hub in Monto, Queensland; beehives for Students of the Air in South Australia’s Port Augusta region; an Outback Way Outdoor Gallery in the Northern Territory and a shade structure for the Pioneer Park Playground in Murrayville, Victoria.”

More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the latest round of recipients is available on the Foundation’s website at www.frrr.org.au/grants/TTTT  

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