The Australian Government is continuing to support drought-affected regions, with four projects in Barker sharing in over $1 million in Federal funding under the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s award winning Tackling Tough Times Together program.

Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin said the Federal Government continues to back rural and regional communities doing it tough. This latest round of funding will strengthen the capabilities, connections and wellbeing of drought-affected communities.

“The Tackling Tough Times Together program has a range of benefits, including reducing social isolation, developing leadership skills, addressing disadvantage, reducing volunteer fatigue and stimulating the local economy,” Mr Pasin said.

In the Limestone Coast, The Keith Golf Club will receive a grant of $52,883.

This project includes Keith Golf Club Renovations to imprvoe the comfort, amenity and function of the local community meeting area.

In the Riverland, successful projects include:

  • Cadell Community and Tourist Association – Cadell Op-Shop Amenities Block – Support volunteers at the community owned and operated Cadell Op-Shop by installing running water and an onsite toilet $11,000.
  • Purnong District Hall Incorporated – Underpinning – Grow community resilience and secure the future of the Purnong District Hall for generations with infrastructure works $18,200.
  • Riverland Connect Association – Enhancement of Paringa Silo Art – Enhance the silo art attraction at Paringa, through installation of lighting and sheds for shelter $36,645.

Mr Pasin said the latest round of funding will help communities continuing to address the devastating impacts of drought.

“Even though many parts of the country have received significant rainfall, the impacts of the extended dry periods and prolonged rainfall shortages are still prevalent and problematic. This funding will inject much needed support into local communities and contribute to their ongoing economic recovery from drought” Mr Pasin said.

“The additional stress and challenges caused by COVID-19 and the ongoing effects from last year’s bushfires make our $15 million in funding since 2018 all the more vital.” Mr Pasin said.

“Many of these projects will help enhance community wellbeing and strengthen the local economy,” Mr Pasin said.

“Applications for the next round of the Tackling Tough Times Together program are currently open and I strongly encourage drought-affected areas across remote, rural and regional Australia to apply.” Mr Pasin said.

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