April 15, 2021
Drought-affected farmers have been invited by Kingaroy Rotary to come along and enjoy a free barbecue in the Kingaroy Town Hall Forecourt next Thursday (April 22).
As well as the free tucker, cooked by Rotary members, there will be $500 vouchers distributed to eligible individuals.
To be eligible, farmers must be suffering financially due to drought.
They must be able to present their PIC (Property Identification Code) number, or for broadacre farmers, their National Growers Registration number.
Farm employees, farm contractors and suppliers may also be eligible – if they have suffered a financial downturn due to the drought – but only one voucher will be available per family.
There will also be information about what support is available to help farmers and their families get through the longer-term effects of drought.
The Kingaroy event will run from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.
Rotary Club spokesperson Geoff Hosking said there was no need to RSVP beforehand, just come along, “have a yarn” and see if you are eligible to receive a $500 voucher.
- External link: Drought Community Outreach Program
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Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) signed a partnership agreement with the Federal Government on June 12 last year to help deliver a Drought Communities Outreach Program.
The program scheduled more than 70 information events to be held across Australia for farming families directly affected by drought.
Rotary was awarded a grant of $5 million to:
- To assist with community outreach delivery of the information events through wellbeing activities and catering
- Distribute $500 debit cards at these events as direct support to eligible farming households that are experiencing financial hardship due to drought, and improve levels of economic activity in regions by eligible recipients spending these cards in local communities and businesses.
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The South Burnett Ag Network will also be holding a workshop to discuss protected plant regulations at the Kingaroy Town Common Hall next Thursday night.
Representatives from the Department of Environment & Science, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service and Wildlife & Threatened Species Operations will be providing updates on current legislation and there’ll be a light supper provided.
The workshop is free, but to assist with COVID restrictions and help plan the catering, registration is required. Seats can be reserved on BIEDO’s website