Sister act helping out region's farmers with petition
OUR farmers are suffering, and for two Gympie women their plight is just not acceptable.
The Australia Day floods have savaged sectors of the region's rural community, leaving producers in the South Burnett and Mary Valley facing enormous rebuilding costs.
And while cheap loans and some disaster relief has been made available, it's the actual physical work of restoring hundreds of kilometres of fencing, standing fruit trees upright and rounding up stock that the farmers need help with now.
Sisters Jenny Drescher and Patricia Turley grew up on a farm and are circulating a petition calling on the community to do something to help our farmers.
They will present the petition to Member for Gympie David Gibson next Tuesday.
They want to see some sort of organised volunteer or paid workforce sent out to properties to help pull debris from the fences and rebuild rural infrastructure.
"Where's the help for our forgotten farmers in floods and droughts?" the petition asks.
"Someone needs to be helping them get their trees back up and their fences back up - especially their boundary fences. These guys are trying to do it on their own.
"We are not accusing anyone of anything; we are just asking for some help."
Mr Gibson said that after four floods in two years the region's farmers were feeling the fatigue that came from the necessary repair work to their properties.
"I support any call for assistance that works with our farmers to assist them in the physical recovery work post flood and look forward to meeting Jenny and Patricia next week to discuss their petition further."
Mayor Ron Dyne suggested involving Gympie service clubs such as Apex, Rotary and Lions in organising work parties to go help the farmers.
The petitions are at the convenience stores on Jimbour Rd and Horseshoe Bend, Mooloo Produce in Hyne St, Southside Produce, Steve Waugh's Farmer and Sun store at the Southside Town Centre, the Gympie Feed Barn and Tom Grady's in Tozer St.