Lockyer Valley Regional Council will put a spotlight on the drought and its devastating impact on rural landholders in the region when it hosts the Lockyer Valley Drought Support Expo.
Council is inviting local drought-affected rural landholders, farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers to attend the Expo, which will be held on Wednesday 4 November 2020.
Lockyer Valley Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan said the Expo will bring together a range of information and support services for those dealing with the impacts of the ongoing drought.
"This drought is continuing to tighten its hold, and this is an opportunity for local rural landholders of all sizes, especially those with drought-affected stock or farms, to come together and connect with drought support options available to them.
"The Expo will include presentations on climate outlook, land management, financial support and structuring; and, importantly, looking after yourself and your mates.
"The importance of mental health and wellbeing during an ongoing drought can't be overlooked and checking in with your own mental health, and that of your neighbours, really is so important," Mayor Milligan said.
Mary O'Brien from "Are you bogged mate?" is the event's key note speaker. Mary is someone who understands and lives with the pressure of drought and is making a positive difference across the country with her practical messages. Guest speakers will include the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) on climate outlook, drought management and financial support.
What: Lockyer Valley Drought Support Expo
When: Wednesday, 4 November 2020
Time: 8.45am – 2.30pm
Where: Gatton Shire Hall, 52 North Street, Gatton
Gift vouchers for some lucky attendees, including Lockyer Valley Gift Cards and local produce store vouchers, will be up for grabs on the day. Lockyer Valley Gift Cards keep money circulating in our local economy and help support local business and local jobs.
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme.
Numbers for the COVID Safe Expo are limited. Register your place via lockyervalleytickets.com.au or contact Council on 1300 005 872 for further information.