LIVE FROM TRANGIE:
The Prime Minister has announced additional support for farming families to help them through the drought.
Families on the existing Farm Household Allowance scheme will be provided with two lump sum supplementary payments on September 1 and March 1, 2019.
Couples in a household will receive up to an additional $12,000 while single households will receive up to $7,200.
The Government is also raising the FHA threshold cap from $2.6 million to $5 million to make it easier for farmers to access the FHA payment.
Further funding will also be provided for mental health support. An extra $5 million will be provided for the Rural Financial Counselling Service, while the Government will also invest $11.4 million in mental health support networks including additional funding for Primary Health Networks in drought affected areas and the removal of the requirement that those accessing counselling need to have their first appointment in person.
SUNDAY MORNING: There is speculation the federal government will make a drought announcement when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Trangie on Sunday morning.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his deputy Michael McCormick and Parkes MP Mark Coulton for the trip.
About twenty-eight per cent of land within the Central West is considered to be in intense drought while the remaining 62.7 per cent is in drought and 8.6 per cent is drought-affected.
The Daily Liberal will be covering the visit.
His visit follows news the state government will provide an additional $500 million in drought assistance to NSW farmers, taking its total investment to $1 billion.
More to come.