Drought Support Expo
Drought Support Expo - November 2020
Lockyer Valley Regional Council hosted the local Drought Support Expo on Wednesday 4 November 2020 to promote the range of support options available to local farmers, particularly livestock farmers including hobby farmers.
The Expo brought together a range of information and support services for those dealing with the impacts of the ongoing drought and featured presentations on: Climate outlook, Land management, Financial support and structuring, and looking after yourself and your mates.
Key Note Speaker, Mary O'Brien from Are you bogged mate? gave a no-nonsense presentation on reducing the suicide rate of rural men. Mary has been featured on ABC Landline and is an award winner from the Australian Men's Health Forum's National Men's Health Awards 2020. Mary understands and lives with the pressure of drought and is making a positive difference across the country with her practical messages.
Information packs were give to all attendees and can be accessed below.
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme.
Councils 2019 Drought Forum well-received
The hardship facing local livestock producers was discussed at the Lockyer Valley Regional Council Livestock Farming Drought Support Forum on Sunday 22 September 2019.
Lockyer Valley Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan said it was an opportunity to hear first-hand about the impact the drought is having locally from those hardest hit.
It's often those most affected who have the best solutions to problems and from the drought forum we have about 20 action items to address, she said.
From our perspective it's about seeing what can be done to alleviate some of the pain of the drought on our region and looking at which agency Council can lobby to see some of the action items come to fruition.
We had more than 80 people attend, as well as representatives from all tiers of government on hand to hear from people at the coalface about the challenges they are facing, as well as hearing the practical solutions, Mayor Milligan said.
The Unbreakable Farmer addressed the audience, highlighting his hardships and the struggle of working the land, as well as the importance of communication, connectedness and mental health.
Having the forum run through small facilitated groups meant everyone who attended had a voice and was heard. The worksheets collected on the day will be collated and released over the coming weeks.
I would like to personally thank everyone who took the time out of their weekend to attend the forum.
As a Council we don't have all the answers but together we can lobby for change, Mayor Milligan said.
Existing and Urgent Support Options
To find contacts for existing support programs go to Council's Drought Support webpage.