Funds available to help in drought recovery

GLADSTONE Regional Council is encouraging organisations in Lowmead, Rosedale and Baffle Creek areas to apply for funds to conduct an event or activity which would help galvanise drought affected communities.

The council hopes to help those in the region bounce back from drought related setbacks after being awarded a State Government Community Drought Support grant.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers encouraged community organisations and agencies to submit an Expression of Interest application.

"While we have received some rain this season, this does not instantly provide relief from the massive impact of years of drought which has caused direct major financial and emotional hardship for our local farmers and graziers," she said.

"The purpose of funding is to bring residents together to strengthen drought-affected communities and ensure all residents have access to free local community events.

"This may include hosting an informal barbecue or morning tea."

Expression of Interest applications will be accepted until close of business on June 12.

For more information or to see if your event idea meets the criteria, phone Deb Sanderson at the Discovery Coast Community Health Service on 4902 1100 or email debs@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au



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