Drought aid for Copper Coast

$1 million Federal Govt Drought Communities Program funding for Copper Coast Council


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Copper Coast Council has been notified it will be allocated $1million as part of the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program

Some much-needed rain has made its way to the Copper Coast in recent weeks, and the local council is also celebrating additional good news for the region delivered last month - that it is to be included in the latest round of council areas that will be allocated $1 million as part of the federal government's Drought Communities Program.

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ECONOMIC BOOST: Copper Coast Council will use drought community funding of $1m to put programs in place that boost town and rural economies.

ECONOMIC BOOST: Copper Coast Council will use drought community funding of $1m to put programs in place that boost town and rural economies.

Copper Coast mayor Roslyn Talbot said that while official notification of the drought funding had not come through as yet, there was already a lot of discussion and planning on a strategy to make the most of the program funding.

"These funds will provide a much-needed economic stimulus to our community and will enable us to get some projects completed that would have otherwise still been on the wish list," Mrs Talbot said.

Council will be seeking further information on the conditions of the funding allocated, and will provide details to the community as they are available.

"We were really surprised to get that news - but we'll take it," Mrs Talbot said.

"Copper Coast has probably got more marginal land in it than Yorke Peninsula (Council) has, being closer to the coast and also a little further north. It is probably a little more marginal than our southern neighbours but I wouldn't say it is typically drought country.''

But a couple of tough years on the land has had a flow-on impact for townships and business across the region, and while there have been a number of measures in place for farmers impacted by drought, this funding is about providing a stimulus for the wider economy.

"Because we've had a couple of bad years, they're reluctant and being over cautious about spending, so the drought funding that we receive is about boosting the local economy in towns," Mrs Talbot said.

"We need to find projects that will enable our contractors and our businesses to benefit from those projects we do.

"There's been suggestions coming out of everywhere. We're mindful that we need to spread the money around the community, the three major towns plus the rural area, and we want the money to benefit as much of the community as we can so we are reluctant to give it to sporting-type projects as it only benefits those members of those groups.

"We're also mindful of projects that do benefit the environment in some way - perhaps some water saving techniques or some shade.

"There are lots of worthy things we can do, particularly around water management and some beautification of some of our land.

"We are trying really hard to think of things that can benefit our rural communities so it is not just in towns."

Mrs Talbot says she has had discussions with other councils involved in the program about the good ways they have used the funds.

Council was mindful to get organised with projects to meet tight time frames for the allocation of the funding, Mrs Talbot said.

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