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Vinnies welcomes extension of drought payments

By Jamie Salter

Payments of up to $3000 per household will be available for longer with the extension of the Federal Government's Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 until December 31.

The St Vincent de Paul Society and the The Salvation Army help administer the funding for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers in eligible, drought-declared local government areas.

St Vincent de Paul Society National Council chief executive officer Toby O'Connor welcomed the extension announced on June 24.

“The St Vincent de Paul Society is committed to ensuring as many eligible households as possible receive this important payment,” Mr O'Connor said.

“We have already assisted over 9000 households, yet we know from our local contacts there are still many potential recipients who we haven’t reached, and we want to ensure they have a chance to access the support under this extended round.”

Many areas became newly eligible in March 2020, including Benalla and Wangaratta.

“A $3000 payment can provide significant help with household expenses and day-to-day items,” Mr O'Connor said.

“We also welcome the Federal Government’s simplification of the Farm Household Allowance.

"Vinnies is only too aware of the numbers of individuals and communities still doing it tough because of the drought.”

Vinnies has encouraged farmers, farm workers and suppliers to apply online at www.vinnies.org.au/drought or phone the St Vincent de Paul drought helpline on 1300 846 643.