Drought funding extended to Wheatbelt shires

Wheatbelt shires including Beverley, Kellerberrin and Quairading will benefit from between $500,000 to $1 million drought support grants extended to WA.

Durak MP Melissa Price said she urged eligible communities to take advantage of the Drought Communities Programme (DCP) fund for local infrastructure projects and other drought relief activities.

"This is the kind of boost communities in Durack need," she said.

"I have been advocating in Canberra to achieve this extension of the Morrison Government's Drought Communities Programme to Western Australia."

The shires added to the DCP extension are eligible based on need and the economic impact of drought in the region.

The DCP is assessed using rainfall deficiency data from the Bureau of Meteorology, population and industry data with a particular reliance on agriculture.

Ms Price said the government monitors drought conditions across the country and may add more councils depending on conditions.

"Funding will support events that create jobs, boost tourism and improve community wellbeing and enable construction of infrastructure that encourages people to stop in these small towns," she said.

Minister for drought David Littleproud said 35 WA Shires have now been included in the grant program.

"Drought doesn't just hurt farmers, it goes beyond the farm gate," he said.

"It hurts small businesses and the wider community as well, but this extra funding keeps money flowing through affected areas."

Eligible councils are invited to submit project proposals via an online application at business.gov.au.

Grant guidelines and applicant information is available at business.gov.au and GrantConnect.

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