St Vincent de Paul Society Receives Further Drought Assistance Packages

13th May 2019
The St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW has received further Drought Assistance Packages from the Commonwealth Government to be expended by the end of this financial year. The Society will be distributing these additional packages from Monday, 13th May, 2019.
 
The Society in the New England/ North West has a set number of packages to distribute from the total number of packages released for the whole of NSW.
 
The composition of the Drought Assistance Package is the same in that each package is worth $3000, composed of two components: - $2000 Direct Grant for the recipient and $1000 to be applied to accounts engendered in the operation of the farming business.
 
Farmers, Farm Hands and Farm Contractors affected by the continuing drought are eligible to apply for a Drought Assistance Package.
 
In this financial year farmers, farm hands and farm contractors can only receive a Commonwealth Government Drought Assistance Package once from either the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Salvation Army or the Rotary Club of NSW, the three community organisations contracted by the Federal Government to distribute the Drought Assistance Packages in NSW this financial year.
 
The Society has completed its administration of the first tranche of Commonwealth Government Drought Assistance Packages and any farmer, farm hand or farm contractor who received assistance from the first tranche is not eligible to apply for a package from this second tranche.
 
To administer this new set of packages in the New England/North West, the Society has set up a dedicated group to manage the distribution of the packages from our St Vincent de Paul Society administration office in Armidale.
 
Farmers, farm hands and farm contractors who are eligible to apply for a package can contact the St Vincent de Paul Society Armidale office on (02) 5776 0200 during normal office hours.
 
Given the time frame between 13th May and the 30th June, for the distribution of these new packages, it is imperative that eligible persons respond quickly to ensure they can access the packages and can complete their submitted farm business accounts for payment by the end of the financial year.

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