CWA of NSW Drought Aid

Tuesday 3 July 2018


The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW has announced $100,000 will be released from its Disaster Relief fund to help farm families in NSW struggling with worsening drought conditions.

This is in addition to last month’s donation of $1,000,000 by businessman and philanthropist Dick Smith to help drought‐affected farm families across the nation, with the CWA of Australia working with state CWAs to distribute the funds.

Many NSW regions are experiencing some of the driest conditions in recent memory after record‐low rainfall and a warmer‐than‐average autumn, and CWA of NSW President Annette Turner said an increasing number of farmers are being pushed to the financial brink.

Mrs Lynda Hurley, Patron of the National Council of Women NSW, Silvana Griffin CWA Sydney City president, Lucy Watt, Jessica Whipp CWA Sydney City VP and Annie Kiefer, hon secretary of the CWA of NSW.

“Releasing this money from the Disaster Relief Fund is something tangible we can do for these families in need. We can’t make it rain but we can try to ease a little of their short‐term financial pain,” Mrs Turner said.

“We appreciate it’s only a small amount compared with the level of hardship out there, but this funding is designed to help people with the household needs and expenses they have right now.”

Grant applications

Assistance to help drought-affected families meet household expenses is available. Visit the CWA of NSW website for application information and criteria related to the drought aid grants.


You can help drought-affected families today by donating:

Money raised will help with groceries, vehicle maintenance, school expenses, household bills and medical costs.