The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Drought Communities Programme (DCP) is being extended, and local councils will have access to a pool of $75 million allocated in 2018-19 to support drought-stricken communities.
The Australian Government announced on Sunday that additional funding for the program would initially provide $1 million in grants funding to 60 individual councils to provide immediate and short-term support for their communities.
Eligible projects can include:
- Employing local contractors to undertake repairs and maintenance
- Upgrading or building new community facilities
- Holding events and undertaking drought-relief activities
- Carting potable water into communities for drinking and bathing
A list of eligible councils is available on the Departments website; however, the program is currently being updated to reflect the extension.