Drought Assistance

Port Pirie Regional Council encourages those affected by the drought to consider two separate financial assistance opportunities that are available.

South Australian Council Rebate Scheme

The State Government has announced an extended Drought Support Program which includes the South Australian Council Rebate Scheme. This scheme offers a 50% rebate (or maximum $7500) on council rates to eligible applicants.

The rebate is available to eligible South Australian drought affected primary producers who have been approved for Farm Household Allowance

Eligible applicants can apply to Primary Industries & Resources South Australia (PIRSA) for the rebate for each of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years and must provide evidence that council rates have been paid (either for the quarter or for the entire financial year).

Enquiries can be directed to PIRSA on 1800 931 314 or email PIRSA.drought@sa.gov.au

Fore more information on the South Australian Council Rebate Scheme and eligibility criteria please visit https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/grants_and_assistance/drought_support/financial_assistance

Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI)

A separate assistance opportunity is available through the Federal Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 which is being delivered in the Port Pirie Regional Council area by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

A one-off payment of $3000 is available to farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors who are over 18 years of age and an Australian citizen or permanent resident and meet eligibility criteria.

Farmers wishing to apply for this one-off payment should visit https://drought.svdp.org.au

If you wish to contact the Call Centre Team regarding any issues or difficulties in completing the application the details are:

T: 1300 846 643

E: droughtrelief@svdp.org.au

For all information on the drought relief grant please visit www.vinnies.org.au/droughthelp