Parkes Shire Council is among 128 drought-affected councils who can now apply for up to $1 million each under the Drought Communities Programme.
Minister for Drought David Littleproud said the program was to fund council projects that stimulate their local economy.
“We wanted this ready to go before Christmas and now councils can get their applications in.”
“The program delivers more business for suppliers like local hardware stores and more jobs for their communities.”
“In just over 18 months this program will have delivered $250 million to communities in drought.”