Free workshop for disaster, drought-affected rural folk

RESIDENTS who want to attend a free Workshop for Disaster and Drought-Affected Rural Businesses and Households at Munna Creek Hall have until Tuesday, February 3 to RSVP.

Residents of Gundiah and Bauple participated in a Landholder Recovery Project Focus Group
organised by Red Cross recently and were inspired to co-ordinate assistance for drought-affected local farmers and businesses.

One thing led to another and before they knew it, many local and regional organisations were involved.

The workshop is the end result and will be held on Saturday, February 7, at 3.30pm.

"This is a great example of the power of one or two," primary production and rural infrastructure portfolio councillor James Hansen said.

"And where people can really make a difference."

Fraser Coast Regional Council has jumped on board to support the community-instigated workshop.

"We hope to use this event as a standard for other areas," community resilience portfolio councillor Rolf Light said.

The organisers were able to galvanise support from the Red Cross, Fraser Coast Council's Get Ready program, QCWA, AgForce, Canegrowers Association, State and Federal Government departments, SES, Rural Fire Services, UnitingCare and PCYC to put together a program where the latest information, technology and assistance packages are being presented to local primary producers between Maryborough and Gympie.

The members of Gundiah Memorial Hall Association and Munna Creek Hall Association are banding together to organise the event, meal and entertainment.

Lex K and friends of Munna Creek Music Festival fame will provide the music.

"The intent is to provide some useful and relevant support to people and their business," organiser Owen Thompson said. 

event instigator Col Bowman said all members of a family were adversely affected in hard times and disasters.

"I would like to see more support for youth and employment in rural areas, and mentoring for future farmers," he said.

Local primary producers and their families are invited to participate in a workshop and networking event that culminates with a dinner and country dance.

Camping is available on the grounds overnight. There is child-minding, games and entertainment for the children.

"We really appreciate the support from government and local businesses," Gundiah Memorial Hall secretary Sandra Groundwater said.

"There are lots of samples and giveaways as well as vital information for drought affected businesses.

"We need people to RSVP by February 3rd for catering purposes.

"She can be contacted at 4129 3215, gundiahhall@gmail.com."

For more information

  • Sandra Groundwater  4129 3215 or 0400 442 118 or gundiahhall@gmail.com
  • Owen Thompson 4129 3198 or goorah@skymesh.com.au
  • Col Bowman 0427 739 576 or colbo74@gmail.com