District Council of
Karoonda East Murray


Drought Community Support Initiative

On 26 October 2018, the Australian Government announced it would provide $30 million in much-needed support to drought-affected families through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This will provide up to $3,000 in assistance to at least 10,000 households in 81 Local Government Areas eligible under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.

The funding is now available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers. 

The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have been engaged to deliver the assistance. Eligible households should reach out to these organisations directly to seek financial support (details below).


The Salvation Army

24 hour hotline: 1300 551 030

Website: salvos.org.au/drought 


St Vincent de Paul

Hotline: 13 18 12

Website: vinnies.org.au



Website: rawcs.org.au


Buy A Bale

We know farmers are a proud bunch. Many won’t ask for help. We know that many suffer in silence but we want to change that.

To allow us to help you we need to know who you are. If you’re a farming family in need of help, please let us know. If you know a farming family that needs help, tell them about this campaign or even register them here and we’ll respectfully contact them and offer our services.

We can’t help if we don’t know about you.

Please note: Upon completion of the registration form you should receive an automated email from us. If you do not receive the email, check your spam folder, if the email is not there, please contact Rural Aid and the Buy a Bale team on 1300 327 624 during business hours.

Also, if you are a farmer and already registered with Buy a Bale and if you would like to receive a ONCE OFF $1500 from Rural Aid towards bill payment please visit our website.


11 Railway Terrace

PO Box 58

Karoonda SA 5307

Tel: 08 8578 1004

Fax: 08 8578 1246

Email: council@dckem.sa.gov.au

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