The Queensland government has announced it will be providing clothes and other essentials to women in need, with a commitment to make every woman in the state’s rural communities “wonderful and empowered”.
Key points:Queensland’s Rural Communities Minister and Minister for Rural Development, Paula Bennett, has announced a clothing donation program to help women in rural communitiesThe program will give women $100 and men $250A pilot project will be launched to see if women will be able to access the cash without having to take time off workThe Queensland Government says the program will be rolled out over the next few weeks and will also help with household items.
The Women’s Clothing Donation Program will give Queenslanders who have been impacted by the drought a $100 donation and women $250 a year.
“Our Rural Communities Ministers are delighted to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rural Affairs and Planning Department (RAPD) on a clothing and other household goods donation program,” Ms Bennett said.
“The Rural Communities Ministry has been working with RAPD on this initiative for the last few weeks, and the MoU is a testament to the Government’s commitment to supporting our rural communities in their time of need.”
“The rural communities of Queensland have faced the effects of drought, particularly in the Hunter Valley and the remote southern part of the state, and we are determined to do all we can to assist them through this difficult time,” she said.
The program is set to begin on Tuesday and will see women in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT all offered the same opportunity to apply.”RAPS are committed to supporting women in their times of need and are happy to provide this assistance,” she added.
“This program will provide a small amount of cash to eligible women in Queensland’s rural areas to enable them to access their money, while at the same time providing a small financial boost to local businesses and individuals to support their local businesses.”
Ms Bennett says the government is also working with community groups in the South and North, and in the regional areas, to provide a more tailored and focused program to support women’s wellbeing.
“We know there is a need for women to be able do more for themselves, to get back on their feet, to be more independent, to make better decisions about their families, to take responsibility for their own financial wellbeing,” she explained.
“It’s the work we’re doing, and it’s our work that is supporting the women of rural Queensland and that is helping them get back to their normal lives.”
Ms Benn said it was “an incredible privilege” to be a part of this initiative.
“I am very proud of the Women’s Charitable Donation Program.
We’ve been doing this for a long time,” Ms Benn said.