Suicide issue to be tackled
COMMUNITY organisations have thrown their weight behind Eidsvold in a bid to address the small town's worrying rates of suicide and depression.
North Burnett Regional Council has joined with the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) to tackle the problem, which has seen six suicides in the town in the past 14 months – more than 60 times the national average.
The council called an urgent meeting with health service providers, state and federal government representatives and other community organisations.
After four meetings and several months of research, a list of key actions has been developed to try to offer hope for the people of Eidsvold.
Mayor Joy Jensen said the list of urgent actions was identified following an extensive audit of health services not just in Eidsvold, but throughout the district.
“Once the audit was completed, BIEDO and the council were able to identify some major gaps which we believe are having a huge impact on the physical and mental health of people in Eidsvold and indeed throughout the North Burnett,” she said.
“These gaps have become our major focus for immediate action and we'll be working with BIEDO to help make them happen.”
The audit identified a need for a chaplaincy service in schools, post-suicide support for families and a paediatrician.
It also said the town needed more than one counsellor, programs for children to improve self esteem, confidence and problem solving skills, more transport and economic opportunities in Eidsvold.
The Social Wellness Services Audit is available on the North Burnett Regional Council's website, at www.northburnett.qld.gov.au.
For more information, call Belinda Bowman at the BIEDO office on 41697851.
GIN Gin will hold its annual campdraft this weekend, with more than 660 entries.
Competitors are coming from as far as Sarina and the Sunshine Coast for the two-day event.
Entrants will move the 1000 head of cattle from local graziers through makeshift gates and different sections.
The free event will showcase the talent tomorrow and the open and women's section on Sunday from 6am.
Live entertainment and pig on a stick will be available tomorrow. Tickets are available on the day. The event will take place at the Gin Gin showgrounds.