Support for our drought affected community.
During this difficult time of drought, residents and businesses can seek support through Council and various government and non-government agency programs listed below:
Council is also doing everything in its capacity to support our community with the following initiatives recently announced:
Over 100 rural residents, agri-businesses and support agencies attended a Community Forum on Tuesday 11 September, where they got the opportunity to share their ideas about how best to spend the $1 million allocated to Council by the Federal Government as part of the expansion of the Drought Support Package.
Free Standpipe Water for Approved Farming Enterprises
Free water from Council's standpipes are available for approved farming enterprises who are not connected to the town water supply to provide essential water for stock and domestic use.
As at 21 January 2019, Council has introduced a new Standpipe User Scheme.
For more information on terms and conditions and how to access the water from standpipes click here.
This approval is issued under Section 68 of the Local Government Act.
Due to recent rainfall and improved conditions, Council resolved to wind up the scheme at the end of the 2019/20 financial year.
Entry to Shire Pools
Council resolved to provide free entry to pools across the shire during the 2018-19 summer season to provide farmers, businesses and residents some small respite and a friendly gathering place for families.
For the 2019-20 summer season, the Parkes Aquatic Centre entry fees will be approximately half the normal rate, while the Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore pools will continue to provide free entry.
For any rural rate payer in the Parkes Shire who is seeking confidential discussions around accessing Council’s hardship provision for rates.
(02) 6861 2304
The brick pit on Powter Street is a welcome source of additional water for many residents during dry times, however, Council advises residents that the water is only suitable for limited purposes.
For more information about the brick pit click here.
80-82 Currajong Street, Parkes
02 6862 3757
The Drought Response Officer role is to source and administratively assist with the dissemination of information to local farmland and farmland associated community members to assist them in obtaining timely access to initiatives and financial support in response to the current drought conditions.
Australian Government Drought Package
Farm Household Allowance - immediate relief for farming families.
Read about the FHA here.
The online resource shows what measures are available, such as what water, transport, fodder and living expense assistance is at hand, as well as mental and physical health support.
Engaged by the NSW Government to ensure equitable distribution of resources. People can either donate or request donations through the one page.
National Drought Map
Includes information such as rainfall, soil moisture, available government assistance as well as providing data on the number of farm businesses in any given region.
Rural Assistance Authority
1800 678 593
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)
RAMHP Informs, Educate and Connect people about and to appropriate mental health service. RAMHP work in partnership with Local Land Services, Department of Primary Industry, NSW Farmers, Local Governments and numerous health non-Government Organisations
Anglicare Parkes - Georgie’s Pantry
43 Currajong Street, Parkes
Friday Food for Farmers
Baptist Churches of NSW
Drought Response: Give, Go, Pray
1300 224 636
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Assistance to help meet household expenses for drought affected families, up to $3000 per family/household, is available to eligible applicants. Expenses can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates, telephone, dental and medical (gap payments or cost of travel to access treatment) etc. For expenses that are current and/or outstanding.
Donations: Go to https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/donate and select "Disaster Relief Fund" from the "Donate to" drop down.
1800 551 800
7 days a week, 24 hours a day phone and online chat for young people aged 5-25.
13 11 14
7 days a week, 24 hours a day counselling.
Central West Local Land Services
1300 795 299
Can help answer questions on feeding of stock, nutritional requirements, disposal of stock etc.
10 counselling sessions paid by Medicare.
Contact your local GP.
Mental Health Line
1800 011 511
7 days a week, 24 hours a day counselling.
Rapid Relief Team
Drought Relief Fund for Australian Farmers
Provides aid and support, including: animal feed, financial aid, holidays, mental health support and education assistance.
Donations, aid and support.
St Vincent de Paul Society
NSW Drought Appeal
Virtual Psychologist via Aussie Helpers