Government funds to assist drought-affected town
THE PROSTON community will be the latest town to benefit from significant funding from the government to combat the impacts of drought.
With the support of Federal Liberals and Nationals Government, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal will roll out $1.4 million in grants as part of its Tackling Tough Times Together initiative.
Under this funding, Proston will receive $54,688 to go towards two projects in the community.
Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd said the government was pleased to support the vital work of the foundation, which played a major role in helping regional communities cope with emergencies and natural disasters.
“In the electorate of Flynn, projects to be funded with under this latest round of grants include the construction of an outdoor performance stage and delivery of creative poetry and writing workshop,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“This will help the Proston community to connect through the construction of a community performance stage and document their history in a book to celebrate their centenary.
“The 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,” he said.
Minister for Drought David Littleproud said the government was backing drought-affected communities by providing $6.3 billion in drought assistance and concessional loans to support those experiencing hardship.
“We continue to stand with rural and regional Australia through this drought,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The FRRR’s rolling program of grants helps to improve community facilities and events that bring people together during tough times.
“These latest funds will be shared throughout communities in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.
“More than half of these projects help reduce volunteer fatigue and boost organisations which help our in our communities,” he said.