HELPING HAND: South Burnett farmers will receive support through the RACQ Foundation next week.
HELPING HAND: South Burnett farmers will receive support through the RACQ Foundation next week. David Pattinson

Helping hand for struggling South Burnett farmers

FARMERS in the South Burnett who are battling the drought will get a helping hand next week.

The assistance is thanks to an initiative from the RACQ Foundation to help communities get back on their feet.

Foundation spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said $350,000 in funding would be allocated to programs across Queensland, with partners like Connecting Communities Australia and The Salvation Army to assist in areas affected by drought.

"While we've previously asked community groups to apply for RACQ Foundation funding, and have had some great applications, we want to do more to help relieve some of the pressure those battling the drought are facing,” Ms Ross said.

"By getting out into rural Queensland, we can show our support and help communities build resilience and strength for the locals who are doing it tough.”

New programs have been added to allow new programs for worst-affected farmers to access EFTPOS vouchers for necessities to buy supplies like fuel, groceries and produce.

"We know graziers in drought are really struggling, and something simple like knowing your groceries are paid for can really take the pressure off,” Ms Ross said.

The second phase of the RACQ Foundation drought program involved regular visits to communities across Queensland to provide on-the-ground support.

"We know many locals are struggling to keep their farms afloat, and that's why we'll send in our own people, and other volunteers, to help farmers fix tractors and farm equipment, to construct fencing and get other jobs done,” Ms Ross said.

Ms Ross said community groups could apply for funding on the RACQ Foundation's website.

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