Keynote speaker a feature of upcoming Drought Support Expo


​The Lockyer Valley Drought Support Expo will welcome Mary O’Brien from ‘Are you bogged mate?’ as the event’s keynote speaker.

Mary is a passionate advocate for rural men’s mental health and is determined to stop the cycle of suicide and help those who may be struggling in silence.

Two suicide tragedies in the Darling Downs prompted Mary to pen an article titled ‘Are you bogged mate?’, which experienced an incredible response from the rural sector. This led to the creation of the ‘Are you bogged mate?’ program. Mary has a unique insight into what makes country blokes tick and through the analogy of ‘getting bogged’, the program extends a hand to farmers, shearers, truck drivers, and all rural men who might be feeling bogged.

Lockyer Valley Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan praised Mary’s deep understanding of the diverse challenges faced by rural communities.

“Mary was raised on the land and is a passionate advocate for the agricultural sector.

“Her career in the rural sector has given Mary a deep respect for country blokes, and more importantly, the ability to effectively communicate with them.

“It is so important to check in with your mental health and wellbeing at all times, but especially during an ongoing drought,” Mayor Milligan said.

Council is inviting local drought-affected rural landholders, farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers to attend the Lockyer Valley Drought Support Expo, which will be held on Wednesday 4 November 2020.
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
Cost: Free

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme.
Numbers for the COVID Safe Expo are limited. 

Register your place via or contact Council on 1300 005 872 for further information.​
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