May­ors to pray for rain re­lief

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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.”

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