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Rural crisis fund for families 'doing it tough'

By Chrissy Arthur, Wednesday April 10, 2013 - 13:00 EST

The Queensland Country Women's Association (CWA) says its rural crisis fund is available for families experiencing hardship due to floods or emerging drought conditions.

More than 50 women are expected in Charleville, south-east of Longreach, in the state's west from today, for a three-day southern region meeting.

CWA spokeswoman Sheila Campbell says she expects the meeting to discuss flood recovery and the difficulties in western areas due to dry weather.

"Some of them will be discussed, some of them need to be discussed," she said.

"We have a public rural crisis fund which is a tax deductible fund and since the floods which affected the Burnett and southern Queensland around Laidley, we've handed out $48,000."

She says the fund is not just for those who are flooded, it is anyone suffering hardship.

"If there is someone out west doing it tough, there is a form which they need to fill out," she said.

"We don't give cash - we give gift vouchers, store credit or we might pay an account for them - it might be a utility or a medical [bill].

"We don't take any administration fees out of that money at all."


- ABC

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