With the Maranoa Regional Council area having been drought declared since mid-2013, assistance is currently available via various government and community groups.
Residents affected are encouraged to access the below support.
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
For information on how you can get financial support from the Australian Government, please Click here to download this Supporting Farmers & Rural Communities Fact Sheet.
This fact sheet encourages Australian farmers experiencing drought and other financial hardship to seek expert advice rather than self-assess their individual situ ation, and outlines the Australian Government assistance available to farmers and rural communities.
For more information and contact details, please click here (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/assistance/sup-farmers-rural-communities-drought#regional-investment-corporation).
Agforce have collated a list of drought support measures residents may be eligible for – please click here to review: https://agforceqld.org.au/drought-support-and-program-review.
NEED TO TALK WITH SOMEONE?
Financial Resilience – Lifeline Darling Downs
Free confidential Financial counselling and support for those experiencing financial stress.
Assist with advocating on your behalf with lenders, debt collectors and telcos as well as creating money plans to suite your situation. Free group presentations also available.
Location: 33 Russell St Toowoomba QLD 4455
Monthly visits to Roma (Roma Community Hub, Bungil St, Roma QLD 4455)
P: 1300 991 443
Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland
Rural Financial Counsellors are available to assist primary producers or small rural businesses in Southern Queensland. Free, confidential, impartial and independent.
Location: Ag Force Building, 42b Wyndham Street, Roma Q 4455
P: 07 4622 4858
Country Call Back
Country Callback is a 24/7 telephone support service for people living in rural and remote Queensland. The service offers targeted emotional support and the ability to call you back for additional support and check-ins.
The service (established and delivered by UnitingCare Queensland) can provide information, advice and referral to people experiencing personal, social, financial and emotional difficulties.
P: 1800 543 354
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or access the afterhours online crisis support chat here: https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/online-services/crisis-chat
Suicide Callback Service
Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides 24/7 telephone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
P: 1300 659 467