SUPPORT FOR PRIMARY PRODUCERS
Drought-hit farmers in all local government areas of New England will be able to access one-off payments of $3,000 thanks to the Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative. Registrations are now open for drought-affected farmers, farm workers, contractors and suppliers – applicants need to be over 18 and live and work in the identified council area. Residents of Tenterfield Shire Council, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir and Inverell should apply through the Salvation Army. Salvation Army – Phone 1300 551 030 or website
Service NSW – Registration Relief
Skills Training for Drought Affected Farmers and Businesses
The NSW Government is subsidising skills training for farmers and regional businesses impacted by the drought and looking to transition into new or updated career opportunities.
Visit Training Services NSW for further details.
SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Service NSW – Emergency Relief Packages – If you, or someone you know is in need, please call 13 77 88
The Drought Hub website is a central source of information for NSW Government drought assistance and support services for drought affected primary producers, their families and communities.
Hunter New England Local Health District Farm Gate Support Program – Contact Peer Worker/Farmgate Support Program , Justine Clark, on 02 6739 0285 or email email@example.com
The Drought Psychologist, based in Armidale, offers free support to individuals, couples and families impacted by drought throughout Rural Hunter New England. Stress, loss and uncertainty can make it difficult to cope, and talking these things through can often help. Fully confidential discussions can be undertaken by phone, Skype, or by a visit to home or farm.
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
Health & Wellbeing
Emergency Services – 000
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Your Local GP
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
Mensline – 1300 789 978
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
National Debt Helpline – 1800 007 007
Wesley Financial Counselling Services – 1300 827 638