The Salvation Army is one of three charity organisations to receive a share of $30 million from the Federal Government to provide assistance to people in rural areas who are facing hardship during the drought.
St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service are the two other groups selected to implement the Drought Community Support Initiative.
In announcing the grant last month, the Minister for Regional Services and Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, said the three charity organisations were chosen because they were already on the ground in drought regions and were best suited to deliver this assistance immediately on behalf of the government.
“I am pleased to confirm the $30 million Drought Community Support Initiative is up and running,” Senator McKenzie said. “It will provide immediate assistance to at least 10,000 farming households facing hardship because of the drought.”
The Salvation Army has welcomed the funding, with Australia Territory Secretary for Mission, Lieut-Colonel Lyn Edge, saying, “We, as an organisation, are in a good position to accept this funding and have the networks in place to be able to deliver it.
“We already have a response in New South Wales and Queensland, and we are now able to upscale that response in Victoria and South Australia.”
Rural and remote Salvation Army officers (ministers) and personnel in these states will deliver drought assistance, and a help phone line that has been available to drought-affected people in NSW and Queensland will be set up in Victoria and South Australia.
The Salvation Army has been supporting people in rural and regional Australia for more than 100 years, through its rural chaplaincy network, corps officers, employees and volunteers located in the bush.
For more information, go to salvos.org.au/drought