Drought Communities Program

Supporting local communities

About the Drought Communities Program

The Drought Communities Program is an Australian Government initiative to support communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia.

In August 2018, the Australian Government boosted the Drought Communities Programme by $75 million to provide initial support of $1 million to 60 eligible councils in 2018–19 for local infrastructure and other projects for communities and businesses who have been impacted by drought.

Lithgow City Council decided to carry out a number of small projects across the Lithgow Local Government Area to most effectively provide support for drought recovery, and address the social, health and wellness needs of its community.

Council received approval from the Federal Government to proceed with these projects on 23 July.2019. The money must be spent by 20 December 2019.