LO­CALS FEEL THE HELP

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE -

KEEP­ING money in the com­mu­nity has been the guid­ing force be­hind some lo­cal drought ini­tia­tives, with St Ge­orge RSL now get­ting be­hind the drive.

Last week, sub-branch Pres­i­dent Trevor Gray pre­sented a siz­able cheque to Pa­trice Robin­son, a mem­ber of the Ro­tary Dis­trict 9630 drought ap­peal com­mit­tee.

Mr Gray said the money was ini­tially do­nated to the St Ge­orge com­mu­nity by the Te­wantin Noosa RSL sub-branch, to as­sist pri­mary pro­duc­ers in the area af­fected by drought.

“The St Ge­orge sub-branch de­cided to do this through the Ro­tary drought ap­peal, which has been help­ing needy pri­mary pro­duc­ers for over four years through a voucher sys­tem.”

The vouch­ers are dis­trib­uted by the Ru­ral Fi­nan­cial Coun­selling Ser­vice, which can be re­deemed at lo­cal busi­nesses in St Ge­orge, Dir­ran­bandi, Bol­lon and Hebel that agree to be part of the scheme.

“In this way, the money cir­cu­lates in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, help­ing pri­mary pro­duc­ers and small busi­nesses in this time of se­vere drought,” Mr Gray said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RSL pres­i­dent Trevor Gray and Ro­tary mem­ber Pa­trice Robin­son.

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