THREE million dollars of funding is set to flow into the Gunnedah region thanks to the local, state and federal governments.
The Community Resilience Program will allow Gunnedah Shire Council the chance to fund community-driven programs to help combat the affects of ongoing drought.
The funding comes after the council put up an initial $1 million, which was then matched by the federal and state governments.
Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said the funding would be rolled out in the coming months.
"We are very keen to get things moving as soon as possible and are looking at beginning to allocate the funding in December, and continue in the new year," Cr Chaffey said.
"In the short-term, we are going to establish the guidelines around what the funding can be used for and go to the community for submissions."
Inspired by last year's $1 million federal government funding, Cr Chaffey said the council would explore a variety of projects to put the latest funding towards.
"When the last year's funding came out, we went to the community and explored some of the long-lasting ideas, we could deliver with that $1 million we could deliver for the community," he said.
"From that, we delivered a whole heap of programs around our villages and works on community facilities, such as our hall.
"We will be doing a very similar thing this time."
"We will be working with the community, identifying some of those skills gaps, training and qualifications some of our primary producers might need, as they start to focus on getting some extra cash off farm," he said.
"We will come out to the community in early January and ask for some more ideas.
"When we first went out last year, we got more than $9 million worth of programs, or potential programs.
"Not all of those would have met the guidelines, but we have already got a jump start on some of those."
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the latest funding was further proof of the state government's commitment to drought-stricken areas.
"Gunnedah Shire Council to their credit, came up with this idea of getting all three levels of government to chip in," Mr Anderson said.
"We think it is a fantastic idea and we are constantly thinking of what we can do to help our communities."
Mr Anderson said he was hopeful Gunnedah's initiative could be emulated by other councils.
"I think every shire, every local government entity throughout the Tamworth electorate is looking at ways to support their community," he said.
"I congratulate everyone, whether it be Walcha, Gunnedah, Tamworth or Werris Creek through Liverpool Plains Shire Council are doing a great job in a very difficult time.
"We have to stay connected, the four councils within my area are doing a fantastic job and I will continue to support them in any way I can."