The wo­man lead­ing dis­as­ter re­silience ef­fort

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Bur­nett Catch­ment Care As­so­ci­a­tion has launched a land­mark new project to dis­as­ter-proof agribusi­nesses in the Monto district.

The ini­tia­tive was made pos­si­ble thanks to fund­ing from both the Com­mon­wealth and Queens­land Gov­ern­ments un­der the Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­silience Pro­gram.

The project, aptly ti­tled Build­ing Re­silience in the North Bur­nett, comes in re­sponse to the seven flood­ing dis­as­ters and two drought dec­la­ra­tions that have wreaked havoc on the re­gion over the past eight years.

BCCA has hired a full-time com­mu­nity re­silience of­fi­cer, Kirstie Rof­fey, to lead the two-year project that will de­velop strate­gies for the long-term suc­cess of North Bur­nett farm­ers.

In her new role, Ms Rof­fey will con­sult with pri­mary pro­duc­ers to as­sess the im­pact of pre­vi­ous nat­u­ral dis­as­ters on the com­mu­nity.

Ms Rof­fey said BCCA’s over­ar­ch­ing goal was to cre­ate the con­di­tions nec­es­sary for the mean­ing­ful and long-last­ing re­silience of lo­cal farm­ers.

“Dis­as­ters have caused loss of pro­duc­tion and loss of in­come,” she said.

“There are fi­nan­cial im­pacts but it also im­pacts men­tal health.

“It doesn’t just af­fect in­di­vid­u­als, it af­fects the wider com­mu­nity.

“We want to help not just with farm­ing prac­tices but en­sure pri­mary pro­duc­ers are fi­nan­cially able to with­stand dis­as­ters.”

PHOTO: MACKEN­ZIE CO­LA­HAN

PLAN­NING: BCCA com­mu­nity re­silience of­fi­cer Kirstie Rof­fey is in charge of the new project.

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