Drought Information Drought Information


The Charters Towers Region has been a drought declared region for several years. In 2018, part of the region’s drought declaration was revoked however 45.7% of the region remains drought declared.


Community-based drought relief programs

In response to this and the wider state and national drought situation, a number of community-based organisations are offering assistance programs to individuals; families; households; primary producers and/or small businesses in drought affected areas. Charters Towers Regional Council acknowledges the valued contribution these organisations make to our Region, and as such is pleased to promote the following:


Born from the need to assist women and families during times of crisis, the Public Rural Crisis Fund has been an initiative of the Queensland Country Women’s Association since 1990. This fund not only supports families suffering from drought, flood or fire but is for all families experiencing any type of crisis.


For further information, contact:

The Queensland Country Women’s Association State Office
89-95 Gregory Terrace
Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD

email: secretary@qcwa.org.au

Fax: 07 3026 1222     

  • QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund & Drought Application
    (Printable form)

  • QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund & Drought Application
    (Editable form)


Rural Support

Training Programs




The Queensland Government is funding Rural Support Training Programs to provide training support to farmers and communities severely affected by the drought.


As part of this program TAFE Queensland will be running a 5 day course in hospitality and Microsoft Office computer skills at the Charters Towers TAFE Campus/Dalrymple Trade Training Centre from 26-30 November 2018, 9:00am -3:30pm each day.

The program is fee-free for people (eligibility criteria apply) who reside permanently or work in the drought declared area of the Charters Towers Regional Council (on the southern side of the Flinders Highway), inclusive of the entire Charters Towers township.

The course will include Responsible Service of Alcohol, Food Handling, Basic Barista and Microsoft Word and Excel beginner and intermediate.

Please enquire as soon as possible as places are limited.

For further information contact: Helen Schaffer via phone on 07 4160 4450  or email ruralsupporttraining.southwest@tafe.qld.edu.au

View Flyer here



Note: It is important to note each program is run differently and each organising body should be contacted to see if you are eligible for assistance and what type of assistance is offered.


Charters Towers Regional Council Community Drought Support Package 2018/2019**

Funded by the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, Charters Towers Regional Council delivers the below Community Drought Support Package intended to promote social connectedness, enhance personal and social wellbeing, and facilitate access to services. This funding was allocated for drought-declared regions as at September 2017.

Achieved through community-based activities and events, the whole of community approach aims to build resilience and reduce vulnerability in drought affected regions and is based on consultation with the wider community.

Ravenswood 150 Year Celebrations

  •  Mini Towers Rush (Amazing Race style scavenger hunt)
October 2018

Christmas Celebrations

December 2018


**Please note that the information contained above is indicative only. 

Further events/activities will be added in due course following confirmation from stakeholders.

These abovementioned activities/events may change following consultation/engagement and will be subject to resources, workshop presenters, funding constraints and other unknown influences.

Workshops, activities, industry talks and service providers, etc will be specifically tailored for the target groups as engagement with key stakeholders, service providers/organisations and community advocates progresses.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is helping primary producers manage their business through a range of drought services, including financial assistance, livestock nutrition and animal welfare information, and business-management strategies.


Is your community organisation offering drought assistance?

Contact Council on 4761 5300 or mail@charterstowers.qld.gov.au to have your program listed on our site or partake in one of the above Council events to promote your drought relief initiative.