What’s being done about the drought

* $15.3 million in mental health initiatives, including $11 million to expand services at the six existing primary health networks and two new networks.
* A program to make $1 million grants available for local council will be extended to a further 21 shires.
* A new online hub for information about access to services and support hosted by the National Farmers’ Federation.
* $1.8 billion already announced in assistance measures and concessional loans to support drought-affected farmers and communities.
Raising the asset threshold from $2.6 million to $5 million and temporary supplement of up to $12,000 for couples.
* Up to $72 million for a special drought round from the National Water Infrastructure Fund.
* $75 million for drought communities program which gives money to councils and shires in this financial year.
* Additional support for producers and graziers to help manage pest animals and weeds.
* Primary producers can immediately deduct the cost of fodder storage assets such as silos and hay sheds used to store grain and animal feed.
(Source: Prime Minister’s address to drought summit.)

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