Government announces additional drought support funding
THE Palaszczuk Government outlined an additional $8 million in funding for drought support on Monday.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding would be put toward mental health and financial counselling services.
"Unlike other natural disasters, the effects of drought are felt over the long-term, so $4 million will go to the Wellbeing Services provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service over the next four years," she said.
There would also be more mental health assistance through another $2 million over two years for the Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care program in drought-affected communities.
Another $2 million over two years would be allocated to an expanded small business financial counselling service to help drought affected farmers navigate the stressful situation.
"That's $8 million in total over four years to help people keep going and to help their farms and businesses keep going through this devastating drought," Ms Palaszczuk said.
Agricultural industry development minister Mark Furner said an additional $1 million would be put towards helping farmers access all-important fodder for their stock.
"We can't make it rain, but we can ease the burden of keeping stock alive," he said.
LNP leader Deb Frecklington said drought assistance should be provided to the struggling farmers and regional communities.
"Our farmers are the backbone of Queensland and we need to be doing everything we can to support our farming families during this unforgiving drought," she said.
"They're doing it tough and it's important they know they aren't facing this drought alone."