Drought support and incentives

Latest grants and subsidies

Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy – EXTENDED 2020

Applications for Round 3 are open from the 1 July 2020. There is a no distance rule, 2020-21 $25,000 cap. Claims can only be paid until the closing date (31 December 2020) or earlier if available funds are exhausted.

The subsidy applies to the transport of fodder, water for stock or domestic use, and livestock to pasture, slaughter or sale. The subsidy applies to road or rail transport. For applications received from 1 July 2019, the subsidy also includes transporting of farm chemicals, fertiliser and seed to farms.

From 1 July 2020 the subsidy has been expanded to include transport of purchased stock to a farm business.

Please go to this link to check your eligibility and apply or call 1800 678 593.

Drought Assistance Fund (DAF)

The cap on this has increased to $100,000 per eligible primary producer. Farmers can access this for any activity that promotes on-farm profitability including re-stocking. Visit the RAA website for further details or ring 1800 678 593 to discuss further.

The NSW Government is offering interest-free loans to primary producers to implement systems and management practices that enhance the sustainability of their farm business. The loan term is seven years and there are no repayments required in the first two years. This loan will fund:

  • the transport of stock, fodder and water
  • genetic banking of breeding herds
  • installation of on-farm fodder and water infrastructure
  • activities that promote profitability and resilience as a result of the on-farm investment

Disaster Relief Loans – Primary Producers

Primary producers directly affected by a declared natural disaster who are in urgent and genuine need of assistance, may be eligible for low interest loans of up to $130,000.

This low interest rate loan can help a farm business to:

  • continue to operate your farm businesses for the next twelve months or until the next income is received
  • replace and repair damage caused to the property and associated improvements not covered by insurance.

More information. 

Support and initiatives

The prolonged drought has had a severe impact on our agricultural sector and this has flowed through to the whole Murrumbidgee economy. It has been a very difficult time for our community. However, a number of support initiatives are in place to assist us all through this period and beyond.

Council employs Drought Support Officer, Samantha Star, as part of the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme funding.

Samantha is available to advise on initiatives and support that is available. She also co-ordinates and assists with community events.

Contact Samantha for more information on 0400 321 016.

Australian Government Support

NSW Government Support

Other assistance

  • If you are having difficulty paying your Council rates and charges, please contact Murrumbidgee Council on 1300 676 243.
  • One off payments are available through St Vincent de Paul, Rural Aid and the CWA. You can dowload a St Vincent de Paul brochure here. Eligible persons can receive a cash grant of upto $3000. To be eligible you need to be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, 18 years old or older, live and/or work in the Murrumbidgee Council Area. This is an Australian Government initiative and organisations such as Vinnies are working with the Government to distribute the funds to farming households in the area.
  • Contact Rural Financial Counsellor, Airlie Hoskins for financial counselling. Airlie is located in the Coleambally Council office. T: 0429 396 729 or airlie@rfcsnsw.com.au
  • Contact your bank for information regarding their Hardship Policies.
  • Assistance with writing grant applications is available through Council.

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Mental health and wellbeing

It's vital that we look out for ourselves and those around us during times of hardship.

Support services available are listed here.

Events and activities

The Australian Government has provided $1 million in funding to many local councils, including Murrumbidgee Council, to help alleviate the impact of the drought.

Our Council is using some of this money to support events throughout the area, including: 

  • AFL “Tackle your Feelings” Coaching program at Jerilderie (5 March 2020) and Coleambally (6 March 2020).

  • Farm budgeting Masterclasses.

  • International Women’s Day luncheon (6 March 2020).

  • “Cork, Canvas and Create” Wellness in the Park.

  • Wellness activities in Jerilderie and Darlington Point – FloYo in the Pool (Yoga and HIT class).

  • Women on Wheels training days in Yanco. 

  • Escape the Drought free community events in Jerilderie (29 November 2019), Darlington Point (5 December 2019) and Coleambally (6 December 2019)


















Service NSW mobile van visit

The mobile van will be in:

Jerilderie on Tuesday 10 December from 10am-3pm (outside Civic Hall) and
Coleambally on Wednesday 11 December from 9am-3pm (outside Community Hall).