City Hall photo exhibition supports Qld drought victims

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today launch an exhibition of drought photos at City Hall to raise awareness and help raise funds for farmers and families in western Queensland battling the impacts of the worsening drought.

The exhibition features photographs taken last year by Anne Smith, a Bowen-based photographer, on drought impacted properties in the Barcaldine, Blackall/Tambo, Barcoo, Longreach, Isaac and Central Highlands local government areas.

Cr Quirk said the exhibition would help raise awareness of the struggles many on the land are experiencing and would provide residents with the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause to help out their country neighbours.

“It is important that we, as city neighbours support our country neighbours and raise awareness of the hardships that are currently being experienced by those in drought around the state,” he said.

“The ravages of drought are particularly affecting central and western Queensland and this exhibition draws light to the impacts of drought, a timely reminder as many residents head to this year’s Ekka.

“The images are eye-opening and tell a behind the scenes story about what the farmers and their families are experiencing.

“It is saddening to hear and see the devastation this drought has caused and I encourage those Brisbane residents who have relatives or friends out west to reconnect and see how they are going, a simple phone call can go a long way.

“Visitors to City Hall can place a donation in the donation box at the exhibit until Friday 28 August with all funds going directly to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal.”

State Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar said the support from Brisbane residents would go a long way for the farmers of Longreach and Emerald.

“Our farmers and graziers are the heart and soul of our country, and the images in this exhibition tell a visual story of the impact of a drought that has touched all Queenslanders,” Mr Millar said.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Brisbane residents in advance for their generosity and support of the Western Queensland Drought Appeal.”

The Western Queensland Community Drought Committee assists with the co-ordination and distribution of drought aid across the region.

The exhibition was compiled by Centacare which offers support, referral and counselling to individuals, families and communities affected by drought. It will be on display from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm on weekends on the ground floor of City Hall until 28 August.

Donations can also be made directly to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal: BSB: 034 194 Account No: 238 468 or visit www.facebook.com/wqdroughtappeal