More than 480 drought-affected local farmers have received a $700 pre-loaded debit card from Wellington Shire Council to assist with living expenses.
Council allocated $1 million from the 2019/20 budget as direct drought support for farmers and also the Wellington economy, with recipients urged to spend the money locally.
There has been a steady uptake of applications for the card, with plenty more still available until the program closes on Thursday 31 October.
Farmers are encouraged to self-assess from the eligibility criteria and apply for a card.
To check eligibility or to find further information about other support available visit www.wellington.vic.gov.au/droughtrelief