The Drought Communities Support Initiative (DCSI)
The Commonwealth Government has provided several charities – including the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) – with an opportunity to distribute drought relief benefits to farmers, farm workers, and farm contractors and suppliers that have been adversely impacted by drought and reside within the listed Drought Declared Local Government Areas (LGA)
Approved applicants will receive:
  • $2000 paid directly to their bank account, and
  • $1000 as a voucher or paid off a bill you have from a business in your local town (e.g. fuel supplier, ag. business, farm supplier, pharmacist, your accountant).
To be eligible to receive cash payments and/or vouchers the recipient of the benefit must be:
  • 18 years of age or older and a farmer, farm worker or farm supplier/contractor who:
  • Lives and/or works in one of the following eligible Local Government Areas:
Bega Valley, Bland, Blayney, Cabonne, Carrathool, Forbes, Lachlan, Oberon, Parkes, Narrandera
  • Is in need of financial assistance to pay for food, petrol, utility bills or another need, or is at imminent risk of not being able to pay for these goods and services.
The benefit provided is limited to one per household to a maximum of up to $3,000 that can comprise a combination of up to $2,000 cash payments and up to $1,000 in vouchers (to be expended before 30 June 2019).
Claiming twice
You may apply to more than one provider for a $3000 benefit, but benefits are limited to one per household. If you receive a benefit via one charity you should contact other charities you have applied to and cancel the additional applications. If you fail to do so it is likely you will be contacted by the Commonwealth and asked to pay back additional benefits received.
To Apply: 
  • Complete and submit the on-line form or
  • Download the form , fill it out, scan it and email it to  or
  • Download the form, fill it out and mail it to:
          PO Box 145
          Parkes, NSW 2870
Enquiries and Assistance with Applications
Questions and assistance can be obtained by contacting the Rotary District 9700/9710 Program Manager :
Ken Engsmyr
Ph:                  02 6862 5424,
Mobile:           0418 246 662   

Rotary Joint District 9700/9710
Drought Relief Committee

This is the web page of Districts 9700 & 9710  Drought Relief Program.   A joint committee made up of members of both districts has been meeting weekly to create a program to distribute the donations received from the combined RAWCS, NFF and Channel 9 Today Drought Relief Appeal.  This page is an information and resource site for drought relief activities. 
Applications for Clubs
Applications for clubs to become involved in the distribution of the donated funds  are welcomed.  There are two application forms involved.  One is for clubs wishing to be involved with the Voucher program, and the other is for clubs wanting to participate and apply for funding, but not in the voucher program.  Both applications are downloadable by clicking the links at your left.  Also available in the download box are additional documents that are recommended for clubs interested in applying for funding.  
                    Project Managers of the program are the District Governors of both districts:
DG John Glassford
2018‐19 District 9700 Governor
0498 190 880
Coolamon Rotary Club
DG Margaret Hassall  
2018‐19 District 9710 Governor
0413 309 506
Cooma Rotary Club
          The committee is comprised of the following:
  • CHAIR David Post Rural Outreach Counsellor, RC Wagga Wollundry D9700
    Email: Mobile: 0408 221 696

  • Secretary Dr Tim Hutchings RC Wagga Wollundry  Email:  Home: 02 69263725

  • Treasurer RTN Stuart HerioRC Wagga Wollundry  Email:  Home: 02 69226363

  • Webmaster PP Paul Murray  RC Wagga Wollundry D9700 Communications Director D9700 Email:  Mobile 0408 285 562

  • AG Chris Finkel RC Forbes RAWCS D9700 Chair Email: Mobile: 0429 661 358

  • PE John Mercer RC Belconnen RAWCS D9710 Chair Email: Mobile: 0474 792 217

  • PP Peter Darley RC Orange North D9700 Email: Phone: 6365 3278

  • PP David Benn RC Wagga Wollundry Secretary D9700 Email: Mobile 0439 710 716

  • PDG Bill Seelis RC Berry D9710 Email: Mobile 0412 424 738

  • PDG Rob Woolley RC Canberra City D9710 Email: Mobile 0409 549 485

  • DGE John Mckenzie RC Orange North D9700 Service Projects Consultant D9700 Email: Mobile 0402 018 318

  • PDG Phil Armstrong RC Moruya D9710 Email: Mobile 0418 259 963

Rotary District 9630 has had their drought assistance program in practice for 5 years and has gained
significant experience in providing wholistic support to their farming communities. We gratefully
acknowledge the considerable assistance provided by 9630 DG Jitendra Prasad and AG Bryan
Applications Approved - Clubs
 Click on the clubs below for
details of their application.

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Narrandera      $5,000
Forbes     $5,000
Forbes Ipomea    $5,000
Parkes    $5,000
Cooma    $5,000
Parkes V2    $5,000
Coolamon  $11,100
Young     $5,000
Grenfell    $5,000
Oberon      $5,000
Parkes V3   $5,000
Drummoyne    $5,000  
Applications in Process - Clubs
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