Apply today - financial hardship support available for drought affected community members

The Flexible Financial Hardship Support includes assistance of up to $500 per household and is available for residents who reside in the Maranoa Regional Council area and are affected by drought.

Two options are available for those seeking support:

Option 1: $500 in $50 vouchers to be used at selected grocery stores in the Maranoa region.

Option 2: Financial assistance of up to $500 for a specific bill/account (paid accounts will be reimbursed).

Councillor Cameron O'Neil, Portfolio Chair for Economic Development said it is a great opportunity for those who have been impacted by the drought to receive a helping hand.

"With over 66% of Queensland drought declared, we can't deny the impact this is having on towns and regions throughout the state. I encourage our landholders to seek support from this round of funding," Cr O'Neil said.

"Council appreciates this financial boost from the State Government to support people in our community doing it tough, under conditions out of their control."

"By using the vouchers or financial assistance to pay bills for local suppliers, this will also have a positive impact on the small businesses in our towns."

Funding is limited so please apply early to avoid disappointment. A copy of your rates notice must be provided to confirm residency and/or a copy of a bill to accompany your application. In instances where a resident is keen to ensure payment of the bill by a due date, it is recommended that residents make payment and seek reimbursement via the application process.

To apply please visit www.maranoa.qld.gov.au or for more information please call Council's Grants Officer on 1300 007 662.

To view the drought declaration areas, please visit https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/drought/drought-declarations/#

Flexible Financial Hardship Support has been supported by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Community Drought Support Package. Maranoa Regional Council received funding from the Queensland Government to provide social events and drought specific information to residents within the Maranoa region.

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