PREMIER LAUNCHES QUEENSLAND DROUGHT APPEAL WITH $100,000 CONTRIBUTION

Published: Comments:
Community Money & Finance Primary Industries Queensland Government

This is an archived copy of an article. It is online for informational purposes only.
Social:   

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today launched the Queensland Drought Appeal to help support people in regional parts of the state who have been affected by drought.

Ms Palaszczuk today joined Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner and Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) State President Joy Coulson at the Ekka cattle judging to make the announcement.

“My Government recognises the terrible impact that this prolonged drought has had on people in Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“With more than half of the state in the grip of a devastating six-year drought, I had no hesitation in lending my support to the campaign.

“Today the Queensland Government has contributed $100,000 to kick off the Queensland Drought Appeal.

“I urge all Queenslanders to dig deep and get behind our regional and rural communities that are currently being affected by the drought.”

Mr Furner said all money raised will go to the QCWA to be spent on the ground to assist those who live in drought-stricken communities.

“While our farmers do it tough throughout this drought, that has a direct flow on effect to many other businesses in rural and regional communities.

“The big dry has hit the economic returns of hard-working Queenslanders in those areas, placing them under severe financial and emotional stress.

“In this financial year the state government committed $34.2 million through the Drought Assistance Package and $4.9 million for rural specific mental health programs.

“This appeal is a way that those of us who live in our cities can help our country cousins.”

Mrs Coulson said the QCWA will administer the proceeds of the appeal.

“QCWA is overwhelmed by the generosity shown by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“We will ensure we do our upmost to get funds out to those in need struggling through Queensland’s drought affected areas.

“We will endeavour to support all local businesses in these communities through distribution of accounts payable and vouchers,” Mrs Coulsen said.

Requests for assistance of up to $5000 will be considered and funds will need to be used in the local area to purchase food or fodder.

Ms Palaszczuk said donations can be made online at www.qlddroughtappeal.com.au or at any local CBA branch by asking to donate to the “QCWA Qld Drought Appeal”.

“I thank the Commonwealth Bank for making its network of branches available to help receive donations,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Telstra have also provided the ability for television viewers and spectators at the Ekka to donate from their smart phones by texting the word drought to 0484 200 200.

“No donation is too small. Every dollar will help.”

“Broadcast partner the Seven Network, will host a 7 News Special: The Queensland Drought Appeal, live from regional Queensland on Saturday 1 September at 7pm to highlight the stories of our farmers.

“Shane Webcke will embark on an outback tour of towns hard hit by the drought and share his journey during nightly news broadcasts to promote the Queensland Drought Appeal.”

The appeal will remain open for at least three months.

All donations of $2.00 or more to the appeal are tax deductible.

Online Donations: www.qlddroughtappeal.com.au

SMS donations: SMS drought to 0484 200 200

At the Ekka:  CWA Tea Room John McDonald Stand

JOINT STATEMENT
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner

 
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade :
PO Box 15185, City East, Queensland 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3224 4500
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Jobs growth continues in Queensland 21 March 2019 | Almost 185,000 jobs have been created in Queensland since January 2015, with 4000 new full time jobs being created in February. More information...
Sunshine Coast women encouraged to shape Queensland’s future 12 March 2019 | Around 130 women gathered on the Sunshine Coast today at the Inspire and Inform: The Premier’s Women on Boards event. More information...
Sunshine Coast subbies safeguarded under Palaszczuk Government reforms 12 March 2019 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni have met with subbies in Caloundra to discuss landmark building industry fairness reforms as part of the Governing from the... More information...
Mountain Creek State High’s new learning centre close to completion 11 March 2019 | Mountain Creek State High School’s new $16.4 million multi-storey senior learning centre – which has created 43 jobs - is on track to open next month as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s 2020 Ready Prog... More information...
PREMIER'S SPEECH - Brisbane International Women's Day Breakfast 06 March 2019 | I would like to acknowledge the United Nations for the tremendous work they do in empowering women and girls across the globe to access quality health services and education, and to help raise families out of... More information...
Multi-million-dollar line-up of events March into Brisbane 04 March 2019 | Five major events in the space of a month are set to inject more than $36 million into the Brisbane economy and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. More information...
Regional Queenslanders continue to enjoy cheap power prices 28 February 2019 | Regional electricity consumers could see their power bills drop by $58 and small businesses by $180 next year - two years in a row of falling prices. More information...
Special Joint Taskforce to hunt dodgy builders 28 February 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government has today announced a Special Joint Taskforce to dig deeper into allegations of white-collar crime in the Queensland building industry. More information...
Trial revs up on Australian-first 100 per cent renewable diesel 27 February 2019 | An Australian-first trial using 100 per cent renewable diesel to fuel a Scania test engine is up and running thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund. More information...
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disabilities 27 February 2019 | Queensland supports a Royal Commission into violence against, abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service