News Media

DROUGHT-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES BENEFIT FROM SUPPORT

DROUGHT-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES BENEFIT FROM SUPPORT

The Federal Government’s support for regional communities to combat the impacts of drought continues to roll out, with grants available through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) under its Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) initiative.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said the Government was pleased to continue to support the vital work of the Foundation, which plays a major role in helping regional communities cope with emergencies and natural disasters.

“This assistance through the Tackling Tough Times Together program enables community groups in drought-affected regional communities to help build social cohesion, address disadvantage, support economic renewal and increase social and educational participation,” Mr Gee said.

In the electorate of Calare, projects to be funded under the TTTT initiative include:

  • $20,000 for Mudgee Lions Club’s new shed at the Mudgee Showground
  • $35,000 for the Wattle Flat Progress Association to restore and enlarge the water holding capacity of public reservoir on travelling stock reserve (TSR 28360) within the village.
  • $20,000 for the Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Service to install a new water tank and solar panel system

Mr Gee said these were three of the 13 projects which have been already approved in the Calare electorate under the TTTT initiative.

“Importantly, TTTT has brought an investment of more than $260,000 into our drought-affected communities,” Mr Gee added.

“The next round of funding for the $20,000 and $60,000 tier of funding closes on 24 October, and I encourage communities which are enduring under this drought to apply.

“These projects are helping drought-affected communities cope with the stress of the drought on families and businesses in rural communities, while also contributing to the local economy and community infrastructure renewal.”

Further information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the latest round of recipients can be found on the Foundation’s website at https://www.frrr.org.au/grants/TTTT.

The current round of funding closes on 24 October for the tier one and two grants of $20,000 and $60,000 respectively.

 

Caption: Andrew pictured with members of the Wattle Flat Progress Association who received funding under the Tackling Tough Times Together program to upgrade a local water reservoir