Community resilience from drought support

Community BBQs, ‘tradies nights’ and a photography exhibition that toured the state – these are just some of the highlights of CentacareCQ’s Drought Support Program in the Central West.

CentacareCQ Drought Support Program team providing local assistance in Longreach.

CentacareCQ Drought Support Program team providing local assistance in Longreach.

Peter Byster, CentacareCQ Drought Support Worker, said the aim of the program was to get people thinking about self care and reconnecting with their community.

“We delivered a range of support and created events that brought people together, rebuilding confidence and resilience,” Mr Byster said. 

“During our time in Longreach we’ve received a lot of positive responses to our work and I hope we have brought together something that will continue long after the program is over.”

Dr Ricki Jeffery, CentacareCQ Diocesan Director, said there was still a significant need for drought support in the region and it was disappointing funding had not been renewed.

“We’d like to thank the Longreach community for their support, including all the local stakeholders who worked with us,” Dr Jeffery said. 

“I’d also like to thank the CentacareCQ Drought Support Team for their hard work and dedication.

“The drought is far from over and we encourage members of the community to talk to their local MP and get the topic back on the Government agenda.”

While CentacareCQ’s Longreach-based counselling services are coming to an end, residents can still access internet and phone counselling services by calling 1300 523 985.

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