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Drought

Emergency drought support funding

Support for farmers and their families facing drought has been boosted by $284 million in the NSW Budget 2018, bringing the NSW Government’s drought relief package to well over half a billion dollars.

Almost all of NSW is now suffering from an extended dry period, which is expected to continue throughout the winter and potentially spring.

To find out more about drought support available, visit the DroughtHub portal.

How we can help

Local Land Services is available to offer ongoing advice for farmers and landholders dealing with drought. We offer hands-on support where possible and endeavour to provide up to date localised information about managing and recovering from drought.

More specifically:

  • our Livestock Officers provide technical advice on feeding and nutrition
  • our District Veterinarians manage and advise on livestock health and welfare
  • our TSR rangers manage permits for grazing on TSRs and roads

We also assist in administering drought support packages and coordinate and conduct relevant drought workshops with guest speakers, including rural support workers and rural financial counsellors. Contact Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Assistance and support

Information on financial assistance is available from the DoughtHub or the Rural Assistance Authority.

Mental health

A major part of managing drought is managing your physical and mental health. The DroughtHub has an extensive list of online and telephone wellbeing support services.

The Australian Department of Health is committed to offering support services to rural and regional Australians. The Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas provides funding to many of the much needed non-government health organisations committed to supporting rural communities.

If you or someone you know is in need of some mental health support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Anglicare on 1300 549 577 or get in touch with a Department of Primary Industry Rural Support Worker for immediate support.