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Federal Coordinator-General for Drought to visit Southern Downs

Southern Downs Regional Council welcomes the Coordinator-General for Drought Major General Stephen Day to the Southern Downs to help develop further strategies for tackling drought relief.

Major General Day will meet with primary producers and industry representatives in the Southern Downs on Thursday, 15 November.

The Federal Government has tasked Major General Day with engaging all levels of government, the private sector, charity organisations, communities and farmers to better facilitate service delivery and drought relief to those most in need.

Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability Cameron Gow said Major General Day’s visit presents a real opportunity for the Southern Downs.

“Having someone with Major General Day’s knowledge and experience visit our region and discuss how we can best help those most affected by the drought is an important opportunity for the Southern Downs,” Cr Gow said.

“Major General Day has visited drought affected areas around Australia and the knowledge he can share about how other regions help provide relief will prove invaluable.

At the same time, it gives Southern Downs residents the chance to share with Major General Day how our region provides drought relief which he can take away and share with other regions as well.”

While in the Southern Downs, Major General Day will tour a cattle property at Greymare severely affected by the drought. He will then meet with primary producers to discuss the difficulties producers have faced and ways to improve service delivery in future droughts.

Major General Day will also meet with key industry leaders from across the Southern Downs to discuss how the drought has impacted the region’s economy.

For more information on Major General Day’s visit to the Southern Downs please contact Charee Aspinall, Community Development Officer, on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or charee.aspinall@sdrc.qld.gov.au.

For more news and updates on the Southern Downs region, including updates on the drought, please visit the SDRC website at www.sdrc.qld.gov.au or follow SDRC on Facebook.


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