Drought Support Day successful

Published on 10 October 2018

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Federation Council has thanked service providers who took part in the recent Drought Support Day held in Urana and Oaklands on Wednesday 3 October.

Mayor, Pat Bourke said the initiative provided an opportunity for council representatives and service providers to talk to local farmers and gain a better understanding of the impact the drought and recent frost events are having.

‘These are really important conversations to have because it means we are then better placed to support and advocate on behalf of the community when and where it’s needed.’ he said.

A number of residents accessed the range of drought related information available on the day, and also came together to enjoy a bbq and downpour of rain.

‘It’s not often we welcome rain during an event, but on this occasion we were very pleased to be washed out!’ the Mayor said.

Council has thanked the Urana Inc and Oaklands Men’s Bowls Club for providing the BBQ and the Oaklands CWA for assisting with use of the hall.

Service providers who attended on the day included the Australian Government Mobile Centre, Rural Financial Counsellor, Amaranth Foundation, TAFE NSW, Intereach (Corowa Community Hub), Murray Local Lands Service, Albury Community Mental Health Service, and the Urana Hospital and Community Health.

Federation Council’s Noxious Weeds Officer was also on hand to provide important information and the Mobile Preschool team provided activities for children throughout the day.

Council also recently facilitated a drought forum which brought together a number of local farmers, agronomists, service providers and other key stakeholders to discuss the challenges being faced by local farming communities.

‘Council is committed to working with stakeholders to identify ways it can support the community during difficult times such as a drought. We have gained some good insights over recent weeks and we’ll be considering a number of actions moving forward.’ Mayor Bourke said.

Find out further information about drought support.