Date: January 11, 2008

ABC Radio offers rural clubs a drought lifeline

ABC Rural and ABC Grandstand are offering Australian sporting clubs the chance to drought-proof their home grounds in an exciting competition open until the end of January. Each State and Territory winner of the Drought, Not Out competition will have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $10,000, and up to $50,000 for the national winner towards drought proofing their playing fields, courtesy of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal. The national winner will also host a community BBQ including a live Country Hour broadcast and appearances by ABC Grandstand personalities. Clubs in rural and regional Australia are being asked to submit an entry showing how they can benefit from a range of drought-proofing measures, and what those measures might mean for the future of the club and the local community. National Editor ABC Rural, Leigh Radford, says this is an exciting initiative for rural and regional communities. “Drought, Not Out is a fabulous opportunity for people in regional Australia to do something very positive for their communities. It&aposs very pleasing to be able to play a part in making a difference during these difficult dry times,” he said. Click here for more information. Entries will be open until Monday 28 January. State/Territory winners will be announced on ABC Grandstand on Sunday 3 February, and the national winner on Sunday 2 March.