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Red Cross will talk with North Burnett landholders

RED CROSS Emergency Services will ask Wide Bay Burnett rural communities for their insights into how to survive natural disasters.   

The 2013 floods prompted the Landholder Recovery Project, a joint initiative of Red Cross Emergency Services Qld and the Banana, North Burnett, Bundaberg and Fraser Coast Councils.   

Project co-ordinator Carolyn Patamisi said focus groups in Gayndah on November 26 would help inform a statewide Landholder Recovery Model, to be released in March next year.   

"The project looks specifically at the landholder experience from a psychosocial perspective and acknowledges the associated impacts to the wider community such as to agricultural businesses and suppliers," Ms Patamisi said.   

By gathering the insights of landholders and their families, community groups, agricultural businesses and suppliers, we aim to enhance and inform recovery work during and after future disasters, she said.  

"We want the project on Landholder Recovery to have a lasting legacy; we're hoping to come up with something of use to everyone."   

Participants will be asked to read a discussion paper before the focus group session, where they will share their insights and experiences.   

Assistance is offered with fuel costs and a light lunch will be provided.

Sessions run from 10am to 2pm and will be held in Gayndah (November 26), Bundaberg (November 28), and Biloela (December 10). 

To book, contact Carolyn Patamisi on 0409 697 313 or cpatamisi@redcross.org.au. 


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