Drought sup­port for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties

The Free Press (Corowa) - - LOCALREALESTATE -

Lo­cal res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to come to­gether on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 3 as part of a drought sup­port day be­ing co­or­di­nated by Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

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Two ses­sions will be held as part of the ini­tia­tive, which aims to fa­cil­i­tate a range of ser­vices and in­for­ma­tion that will as­sist res­i­dents cur­rently be­ing af­fected by the drought that is crip­pling much of the state.

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Mo­bile Bus Cen­tre will be vis­it­ing Urana and Oak­lands and have con­firmed that a ru­ral fi­nan­cial coun­sel­lor and farm house­hold of­fi­cer will be on hand to speak with res­i­dents.

The drought sup­port avail­able is in ad­di­tion to the con­ve­nient ac­cess to Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment pay­ments and ser­vices that the mo­bile bus cen­tre pro­vides ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

To co­in­cide with the visit from the mo­bile bus cen­tre, coun­cil has co­or­di­nated a num­ber of other ser­vice providers, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on sup­port­ing the health and well­be­ing of lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to join coun­cil staff and coun­cil­lors for a free BBQ in Urana at the Me­mo­rial Hall from 9.30am – 12 noon and in Oak­lands at the CWA Hall be­tween 1.30pm - 4pm.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor, Pat Bourke said the day was also an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether dur­ing what is a chal­leng­ing time for lo­cal farmers.

“We are hop­ing that peo­ple from all over the coun­cil area will ac­cess the in­for­ma­tion avail­able, have a chat and en­joy the bar­be­cue that we’ll be cook­ing up,” Mayor Bourke said.

“It will be school hol­i­days at the time, so the Mo­bile Preschool team will be run­ning some chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties to help make it a lit­tle eas­ier for fam­i­lies to speak to the ser­vice providers in at­ten­dance.

“We are for­tu­nate to have the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Mo­bile Bus Cen­tre and other providers vis­it­ing our com­mu­ni­ties so that res­i­dents can ac­cess the in­for­ma­tion they need lo­cally with­out hav­ing to travel to larger cen­tres – and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that sup­port.”

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the day can be found by vis­it­ing coun­cil’s web­site www.fed­er­a­tioncoun­cil.nsw.gov.au.

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