Farmers now have a single and straightforward place to find out what drought assistance is available to them. A new online resource was launched last week bringing together information on drought support available for individual farmers.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said FarmHub brings together the services of the Commonwealth, states, councils and charities.
“This will tell farmers what assistance is available for them without any mucking around,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Farmers just need to go to farmhub.org.au and type in their location to find help available. It will show what fodder, water, transport and living expense assistance is available at an individual farm, as well as mental and physical health services. This has all been pulled together and verified by the National Farmers’ Federation.”
Minister Littleproud also launched a National Drought Map to help coordinate the drought response and so governments, business and communities can make informed decisions.
“The National Drought Map is a clear and precise picture of conditions and the drought response across Australia,” Minister Littleproud said. “This will help us to be flexible and responsive to the drought when conditions change.”
“It has information such as rainfall, soil moisture, available government assistance, numbers of farm businesses, agricultural regions and employment by industries.”
FarmHub and the Drought Map are dynamic sites that will continue to improve over time. The National Drought Map is available at map.drought.gov.au