Singleton Council is pitching in to help farmers across the local government area who are affected by the drought to access the assistance they deserve as the dry takes hold.
Working in partnership with the many government agencies and organisations supporting our farmers, Council staff will be on hand to help people register with Rural Aid and other organisations distributing hay bales, food and other essentials.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said it was a practical way to help navigate the confusion and frustration around knowing where to start to find help.
Drought-affected farmers can also apply to Council for rate relief. For more information, contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 02 6578 7290.
“There is a lot of support out there from the State and Federal governments as well as charity organisations and it’s great to see so many people donating whatever they can to support our farmers,” Cr Moore said.
“We want to encourage people to seek out the support and assistance they deserve and are entitled to, but often the hard part is knowing where to start. The problem is compounded when many services are online and some people just don’t have access to a computer or the internet.
“That’s why Council is setting up an information hub to be able to take calls from our farming community to point people in the right direction and connect them with the right organisations according to what help they need.
“We can give you access to computers and the internet and we can register you for aid - whether it be a bale of hay, food or financial help.”
Cr Moore said Council’s Customer Service and Library teams were undergoing training next week with the service to kick off from Monday 27 August 2018.
Planning is also underway for a community event on Saturday 27 October 2018.
“The event is a means to bring the community together to demonstrate the support that exists right across Singleton for people affected by the drought,” she said.
“It will be an opportunity to raise funds for the people in our community who are doing it a little bit tough, but mostly we just want people to know they are not alone.
“We also want to stress to people that they are entitled to assistance now, and not to leave it until they are at crisis point before they access the help and support that is available to them.”
More details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks.