Friday, 15 October 2021

Supporting Bundaberg’s drought resilience

A local agriculture organisation will run a number of events to help local communities become more drought resilient, thanks to a Federal Government funding grant.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BFVG) on its successful grant from the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program.

“The aim of this program is to boost community connectedness and BFVG will receive $16,200 to hold events aimed at connecting producers with support networks,” he said.

“The project will deliver two Accidental Counselling training sessions and host two informal producer BBQ’s to create a network of industry representatives who are able to recognise signs of stress and access local support services for local growers to support mental health and wellbeing.

“The BBQ’s will be delivered in collaboration with BFVG, Bundaberg Canegrowers, ISIS Canegrowers, and Gayndah Fruit Growers Association.

“The project represents a progressive opportunity to build capability of professional, social and community networks of producers in the Bundaberg region and build long term drought resilience.”

The Networks to Build Drought Resilience program is part of an Australian Government investment of $19.2 million in leadership, mentoring, community capacity building and small community infrastructure to help build drought resilience.

Interested organisations are encouraged to apply directly for the second grant round to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. Applications are open until 15 November 2021.

For more information on the Future Drought Fund and the Networks to Build Drought Resilience program visit https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund/networks-build-drought-resilience

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