Mayors to pray for rain relief
A REGIONAL day of prayer has been organised for Sunday, July 1 as a show of support for drought-affected communities across southern Queensland.
A motion calling for the day was adopted unanimously by the recent meeting of the Darling Downs and South West Queensland Council of Mayors in Charleville.
Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said a particularly dry autumn and winter to date had compounded another dry summer, and was testing the resolve of primary producers and communities across a large part of Queensland.
“The day of prayer is a concerted effort to show our region’s concern and support for all residents, their families and business people who are battling the drought,” Cr Antonio said.
“The day is designed for all faiths and any resident to join in their own way to show they care.
“This region is fortunate to have the services of experienced and trusted agencies like Lifeline Darling Downs and South West, among many others, that continue to provide assistance or a caring ear when needed.
“It is a difficult time for many people across regional Queensland and unfortunately the short-term outlook does not indicate the likelihood of good falls of rain.
“Producers are by nature a most resourceful group, but the ongoing drought causes many flow-on effects in our communities that are far beyond their control.
“We need to help all residents understand where our food and fibre is produced and how hard our primary producers and supporting businesses work to sustain us all year round.
“This is our turn to recognise their hard work and passion for living and working on the land...
“Our simple prayer is for widespread rain to break the drought.”