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BACK Home | Media Releases AFFA02/360WT - 16 December 2002

CWA receives $1 million for drought relief aid

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Warren Truss today handed over a cheque for $1 million to the National President of the Country Women's Association (CWA), Marie Lally, to be distributing emergency aid to drought-affected families and small businesses.

The money is part of the Prime Minister's 27 November announcement of assistance to help rural communities cope with the drought.

"The CWA provides important community support in rural Australia and has the largest network of branches in rural and remote areas of any organisation," Mr Truss said.

"This money will help the association support farmers who may be otherwise reluctant to apply for assistance."

Mrs Lally accepted the cheque on behalf of CWA State and Territory associations.

The CWA's 35,000 members are working nationwide to support families and communities affected by the drought, but the $1 million will help provide more material support.

The funds - provided as vouchers of up to $1000 for each recipient - will help with non-farm expenses, such as telephone and electricity, back-to-school bills, car registration and petrol, and dental and medical.

The association will distribute the $1 million through a newly established CWA Emergency Drought Aid Fund. Each State and Territory CWA Associations will receive funding based on the estimated number of people affected.

The distribution is:

● New South Wales $400,000

● Victoria $170,000

● Queensland $260,000

● Western Australia $100,000

● South Australia $50,000

● Northern Territory $10,000

● Tasmania $10,000

Families inquiring about Emergency Drought Aid should contact the CWA head office in their State or Territory. All inquiries are confidential.

"No administrative expenses will be deducted from this Emergency Drought Aid Funding," Mr Truss said. "The entire $1 million will go to farming families and communities."

Further media inquiries:

Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead (02) 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433

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