Drought support providers to visit region

Kimba, Cowell and Cleve will play host to a series of major drought outreach programs at the end of this month.

Representatives from a long list of government and charitable organisations will visit the area to speak one-on-one with locals about support services and programs.

Farm Household Case Officers from the Department of Human Services will be available to speak about the Farm Household Allowance and other Centrelink payments and services, and Australian Tax Office representatives will provide advice on tax and superannuation assistance available to farmers and small businesses.

Staff from Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) will be giving advice on state drought support measures, with Rural Business Support available for financial counselling and assistance.

Small business coaches and information about mental health support organisations will be available, as well as representatives from the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul with both organisations providing information on their financial assistance programs.

The first session in the region will take place in the Franklin Harbour Institute on Monday, May 27 from 2.30pm to 5pm.

On Tuesday, May 28, the representatives will visit the Cleve Golf Club from 9am to 11.30am before heading to the Kimba Institute from 2.30pm to 5pm.

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities' Drought Taskforce assistant director Dale Sheridan said the event was about giving locals an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with a variety of support organisations in one place.

"The aim is to provide tailored advice about accessing immediate and longer term support to help people manage their financial affairs, farm businesses and health challenges during and after the drought," Ms Sheridan said.

Ms Sheridan said the events had previously been successful in other drought affected states.

"Farmers who attended the events across NSW and Victoria were surprised about the extent of financial support they were actually eligible for, leaving attendees feeling much more optimistic after obtaining advice about measures they previously weren't aware of."