AgForce welcomes measures of relief
AGFORCE has welcomed the Queensland Premier’s announcement of funding for mental health and financial counselling services in drought-affected communities.
AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said more than half of Queensland was drought declared and the prolonged nature of the drought, over six years in some localities in the state, was taking an enormous financial, emotional and environmental toll on many regional communities.
“AgForce has been calling for more secure, long term mental health funding to ensure continuity of services in rural and remote regions,,” he said.
“So we welcome the Queensland Government’s support of the Wellbeing Service provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care program.
“We also appreciate the State Government’s decision to increase the maximum distance that fodder can be transported at a subsidised rate and look forward to their review into the effectiveness of the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.”