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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles
    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Record round of grants for drought-affected Queenslanders’ mental well-being


    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Record round of grants for drought-affected Queenslanders’ mental well-being

    Sixteen organisations across the state will share in a record $1 million in grants to deliver community-based projects that will support Queenslanders affected by drought.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the grants were part of the Government’s commitment to support people living in regional Queensland.

    “Parts of the state are still crippled by drought – a drought that has now continued in some areas for seven years,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “We know this sort of adversity has had a devastating emotional and mental toll on people living in those areas, and we want to help.

    “The successful organisations have some great ideas for projects and activities that build resilience, raise awareness of mental health issues, bring people together, break down stigma, and encourage people to seek help if needed.

    “These organisations are on the ground, seeing the effects of the drought on mental health, which is why they are best placed to establish initiatives that support people at a local level.”

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said this year the government had invested more than ever before in the program.

    “Each year, the grants program provides around $600,000 to community organisations that have local ideas to boost the mental health of those affected by drought,” he said.

    “This year, we’ve added an additional $400,000 to the pot, through our $2 million drought package announced last August.

    “This means we can support more people across the state.”

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the grants were an important support for Queensland farmers, some of who were enduring a seventh straight year of drought.

    “Farmers feel the weight of supporting their families, their workers and the communities they work in and years of drought can wear down even the strongest of them,” Mr Furner said.

    “It has never been more important to support our farmers, and this is another important way the Palaszczuk Government is doing just that.”

    The Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care (TRAIC) Grants Program is in its 4th year and has provided funding for 54 grants since its establishment.



    Media contact:           Katharine Wright – 0428 957 903 (Minister Miles)

                                        Ron Goodman - 0427 781 920 (Minister Furner)



    HHS region


    Project name

    Project description


    Cairns and Hinterland

    Ravenshoe Community Centre Inc.

    Ravenshoe & Mount Garnet Community Connections and resilience building

    This project is focused on building community connections and increasing resilience through a series of community events run to promote mental wellbeing. Events include: Community BBQ’s, Family and Youth Expos, Indigenous Women’s healing group, yarning around the Camp Fire, cooking classes, Indigenous art groups, laughter yoga, meditation groups, and youth arts workshops.


    Central Queensland

    Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice Assn Inc

    Livingstone Shire: Enabling and Enhancing Community Wellbeing and Resilience

    This project will deliver train-the-trainer suicide prevention workshops, enhancing community resilience around suicide prevention and increasing mental health literacy. The aim is to build resilient communities that can recognise when mental health problems develop and be able to seek help when needed.


    Wide Bay HHS

    Bridges Health and Community Care Ltd

    Tag a Mate, Take a Break

    This project supports men and women who work on the land impacted by cyclones and bushfires including: cattle producers, farmers, primary producers, tradespeople and water irrigators. The men’s event includes a fishing trip following by dinner with a guest speaker and NRL legend. The women’s event includes a day of self-care activities with a talk by a high-profile sporting identity with a lived-experience of depression. Both speakers will discuss coping strategies. A mental health training package will be offered to local mental health advocates.


    Central West HHS

    Western Queensland Drought Committee Inc

    Embracing the Dust- Expo

    The project will deliver a series of workshops and activities during the Expo on self-care and management in dealing with financial stress to enhance or develop new skills related to business and community resilience.


    Central West Suicide Prevention Network Inc

    Preston Campbell Wellbeing Tours of the Central West

    This project involves tours of the region, reaching communities and individuals on topics of wellbeing and mental health. The focus is on breaking down barriers about stigma and mental health using a well-known sporting identity to relay his own experiences. These tours will include opportunities for communities to engage and attend mental health training, music making workshops and Wheel of Wellbeing sessions.


    Townsville HHS

    Richmond Shire Council

    Richmond Together

    This project aims to connect the Richmond community through several community events. Underlying mental wellbeing messages will be promoted at each event through guest speakers and comedy performances. These events will bring the community together in a positive way and offer relief from the impact of the drought and floods.


    Selectability LTD

    Northern Coastal Storytelling Initiative

    This project aims to develop local storytelling capacity that captures and highlights stories of local people’s resilience in coping with natural disaster events. The content that is developed will assist others experiencing similar adversity to build resilience, to connect and to support each other.


    Flinders Shire Council

    Flinders Connect

    This project is aimed at community connectedness and resilience, through supporting major local events and volunteers to strengthen volunteerism, mental health and sustainability of future events. 


    Darling Downs HHS

    RHealth Limited

    Well-being through Alternative Programs for Youth in Tara and the Darling Downs

    This project will focus on non-clinical forms of targeting youth mental health and well-being through drama programs, weekend camps and school-based well-being activities. This offers opportunities for young people to engage in programs to build confidence and self-esteem.


    Oakey Community Care Committee Inc

    Project 4401, Empowering the Oakey community through stories

    This project is about sharing stories about resilience and coping with adversity to strengthen social cohesion and reduce the sense of isolation.  These stories will be told through various channels such as workshops, book creation and publishing, photography and short story competitions, and podcast.


    Western Downs Regional Council

    Western Downs Library Project, Words for Wellbeing

    This project will provide nine libraries and library branches access to high-quality mental health and physical health self-help materials to address issues such as anger, relationship issues, depression, bullying, financial management, grief, trauma and stress, amongst others.


    North West HHS

    McKinlay Shire Council

    Community Events Support

    This project supports the continuation of local events including Campdrafts, Gymkhanas and race meetings to ensure community connectedness is maintained for the wellbeing of the community. Mental health providers will be present at events to promote wellbeing strategies. The sustainability of local events have been impacted by monsoonal flooding in early 2019 and the long-term drought.


    Mount Isa City Council

    Isa Street Festival Community Connect Project

    This project is focused on building self-esteem and resilience in young people and raising awareness of the mental health impacts of social media and cyber-bullying. A well-known football identity and his academy will deliver a series of workshops to young people in the Mount Isa area. 


    Mackay HHS

    Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Inc

    Piano Tree Project – Strong minds, strong community

    This project will deliver a series of workshops and activities such as Mental Health First Aid and SAFE Talk, stress relief, yoga and mindfulness activities to groups including school children, farmers, community service providers and local businesses. 


    South West HHS

    Balonne Shire Council

    Building Stronger Communities

    The project will help to build community cohesion that has been impacted due to the stresses of the drought. Community workshops will be held in Thallon, Bollon, Dirranbandi and St George to look at ways to achieve a thriving community. Participants will then plan and run an event that brings the community together and provide some stress relief.


    Bulloo Shire Council

    Community Events & Mental Health Awareness

    The project builds on existing networks and supports the continuation of eleven community events throughout the year, where mental health and help seeking behaviour will be promoted. The project offers stress relief to address community despondency from the prolonged drought.