WHEELS IN MOTION: Kym Wilson and Glenda Riley are two of the members in the Granite Belt Drought Assist group.
WHEELS IN MOTION: Kym Wilson and Glenda Riley are two of the members in the Granite Belt Drought Assist group. Liana Walker

The local group helping simplify help

GLENDA Riley could easily do nothing to help. She doesn't own a farm and isn't struggling to get by.

But she knows what it is like to struggle from growing up on a farm.

That's why she's part of a group of 11 people who have formed Granite Belt Drought Assist - a group designed to simplify the help already available and point those in need in the right direction.

"We're hearing stories people can't even afford their essential medication,” Ms Riley said.

"They're having to choose between food for themselves and food for their stock and animals.”

The group will be starting a food assistance program to help ease the burden of the weekly food bill. They'll also look into well-being events as a way to get people together for support and socialising.

"It's about maintaining your lifestyle and trying to be dignified,” she said.

"Even though we're in drought you just have to keep going, life goes on, you just have to manage that.”

The group is still in the planning stage but intends to make announcements in coming weeks.

They are recruiting members who can offer support, phone Glenda on 0467 243 583 or email granitebeltdroughtassist@gmail.com.

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