BUSH BASH: Katy McKenzie and Belinda Surch (right). Commonwealth Bank branch manager Belinda Surch has helped organise a Granite Belt Bush Summit to help clear up questions about what support is around.
BUSH BASH: Katy McKenzie and Belinda Surch (right). Commonwealth Bank branch manager Belinda Surch has helped organise a Granite Belt Bush Summit to help clear up questions about what support is around.

Bush summit to clear up support confusion

CONFUSION over available support to Granite Belt residents impacted by drought and fire has lead to a ‘one stop shop’ seminar.

Commonwealth Bank’s Stanthorpe branch manager Belinda Surch said it was hard seeing so many people struggling and unaware of what help was available to them.

“I was receiving a lot of feedback from customers, businesses and community groups around all the support, charities and grants that are available and there did not seem to be a lot of information on where to go,” Ms Surch said.

“Generally the feedback was that people were passed from one organisation to the other.”

She decided to step to the fore and has helped organise the Granite Belt Bush Summit.

“It was created for all residents of the Granite Belt to come together and have the opportunity to hear from local charities and organisations on how to access funding, grants, services and water.”

The event will be hosted at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism next Tuesday (November 12) from 11.30am-3.30pm.

“On the day several community groups will have information stalls for residents to ask questions and complete applications.

“We will have Rural Aid, Southern Downs Regional Council, Country Women’s Association and Granite Belt Drought Assist just to name a few.

“We will also be hosting a panel of industry leaders from the Granite Belt which will touch on the topics of jobs and economics of the Granite Belt.

“Black Dog Institute will be giving a workshop around mental health.

“Another big issue that we are all facing in the community is fraud and online security. CBA will be presenting a 30-minute workshop around staying safe online.”

Registrations are needed to attend and you can contact CBA on 4681 1400 or email stanthorpe.qld@cba.com.au.

The event is free and lunch is provided.

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