The Morrison Government is continuing to back drought-affected communities, with the Paringa Silo Art project one of 30 across the country sharing in over $1.1 million in federal funding under the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program.


Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Government was pleased to support the Foundation’s crucial work of stimulating regional economies while strengthening social connections in drought-affected communities.


“The Tackling Tough Times Together program has a range of benefits, including keeping money flowing through shops and suppliers and creating jobs for communities that have been disadvantaged by drought,” Mr Pasin said.


Through the Tackling Tough Times Together program $60,000 of Federal Government funding has been awarded to the Riverland Connect Association for their Paringa Silo Art project.


“This funding will benefit the Paringa community by increasing local tourism to support the local economy,” Mr Pasin said.


“Our $15 million funding assistance to the Tackling Tough Times Together program has supported hundreds of projects run by local groups in drought-affected regional communities that build social cohesion, reduce social isolation, develop local capacity and leadership skills, address disadvantage, stimulate economic activity or increase educational participation.


“I encourage all eligible community groups to apply for the ongoing funding available under the Tackling Tough Times Together program to make their much-needed initiatives a reality.”


More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the latest round of recipients can be found on the Foundation’s website at or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website at


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