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Support for counselling services in Queensland dairy areas.



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HON WARREN TRUSS MP MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

AFFA02/64WT 16 April 2002

Support for counselling services in Queensland dairy areas

Four Queensland counselling services operating in country areas affected by dairy deregulation have been granted more than $470,000 to continue for another two years, the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Warren Truss, announced today.

Mr Truss said the Federal Coalition Government is supporting important counselling services in four southern Queensland dairy communities that are still recovering from the impacts of deregulation with funding from the Dairy Regional Assistance Program (Dairy RAP).

Deregulation by the State governments of the drinking milk market in 2000 resulted in many farm families reassessing their farm’s viability and considering their future directions.

“These counselling services will ensure families in these dairy communities continue to have access to the support of qualified counsellors as they seek to work through their own family farm businesses,” Mr Truss said.

The services that have received further funding are:

up to $119,900 for an Area Support Worker based in Toowoomba and servicing the Rosalie, Crows Nest and Jondaryan Shires; ●

up to $114,120 for an Area Support Worker based in Warwick and servicing the Warwick, Clifton, Millmerran, Pittsworth, Cambooya, Wambo and Chinchilla regions; ●

up to $119,900 for an Area Support Worker based in the Gatton Shire and servicing areas extending throughout Boonah, Ipswich, West Moreton, Lockyer and Brisbane River areas; and ●

up to $118,862 for a Community Response Coordinator for the Atherton Tablelands communities of Atherton, Eacham and Herberton shires. ●

The renewed funding will see the projects extended to a total of 24 months and ensure that these families continue to be able to access the support services they need at this time.

“This is just one further way the Government is demonstrating its commitment to and support for these communities as they adjust to the deregulated environment,” Minister Truss said.

The additional funding brings to 85 the number of projects approved in Queensland under the Dairy RAP since the commencement of the programme. To date over $14 million in Dairy RAP funding has been provided to local businesses and not for profit organisations in dairy communities across Queensland.

Further information on the three projects announced today is provided below.

Southern Inland Queensland Area Support Worker Bush Connections Extension Project

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Proponent: Bush Connections. Funding: $119,900. Summary: This project will employ a support worker to be located in Toowoomba and servicing the Rosalie, Crows Nest and Jondaryan Shires to support families, individuals and communities to manage the social dislocation and structural adjustment issues arising as a result of the deregulation of the dairy industry.

The Support Workers will utilise a service provision model designed to address the multiplicity of issues relevant to rural families confronting change. The project will be run by ‘Bush Connections’, which currently provides extensive support to rural families confronting adjustment issues in Queensland.

Southern Inland Queensland Lifeline Area Support Worker Extension Project

Proponent: Lifeline. Funding: $114,120. Summary: This project will employ a counsellor to provide comprehensive counselling and support services to the families and individuals impacted upon by dairy deregulation. The counsellor will be based in Warwick and service the Warwick, Clifton, Millmerran, Pittsworth, Cambooya, Wambo and Chinchilla regions.

The counsellor will work in consultation with other Lifeline and Bush Connections in the surrounding regions to deal with issues of social dislocation arising from dairy deregulation. Contact: Ms Caroline Cuckson, Southern Inland Queensland (07) 4639 1211 or 0429 981 827.

Ipswich and West Moreton Bush Connections Extension Project

Proponent: Bush Connections. Funding:$119,900. Summary: This project will employ an Area Support Worker to be located in Gatton Shire and servicing areas extending throughout Boonah, Ipswich, West Moreton, Lockyer and Brisbane River areas. They will provide support to families, individuals and communities to assist them manage the social dislocation and structural adjustment issues arising as a result of the deregulation of the dairy industry.

The Support Workers will utilise a service provision model designed to address the multiplicity of issues relevant to rural families confronting change. The project will be run by Bush Connections, which currently provides extensive support to rural families confronting adjustment issues in Queensland. Contact: Ms Cindy Ford, Ipswich and Regional ACC. (07) 3812 4144 or 0408 980 789.

Atherton Tablelands Community Response Coordinator — Stage 2.

Proponent: Tablelands Economic Development Corporation. Funding: $118,862. Summary: This project will extend the services of a Community Response Coordinator for the Atherton Tablelands for a further 12 months. The coordinator based with the Tablelands Economic Development Corporation will provide a community support service to the Shires of Atherton, Eacham and Herberton.

The project will continue to ensure that all communities in the region affected by the deregulation of the dairy industry are fully supported in identifying and developing projects that will help create long-term employment and address social dislocation arising from deregulation. Contact: Mr Tom Vieira, Far North Queensland Area Consultative Committee (07) 4051 7836.

Further inquiries: Mr Truss's office, Andrew Hall 0419 996 766

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