Cummins, Tumby Bay, Elliston, Lock hosting drought events

EVENT: Cummins will host a drought support event at Cummins Bowling Club on March 5.
EVENT: Cummins will host a drought support event at Cummins Bowling Club on March 5.

Four Eyre Peninsula communities are coordinating a series of events in early March to raise awareness of the impact of drought across Australia and raise funds for affected communities.

Events will be held at the Lock Football Club on March 3, Elliston Football Club on March 4, Cummins Bowling Club on March 5 and Tumby Bay Football Club on March 6.

The events will include a barbecue tea and speakers from drought-affected eastern states to discuss the difficulties being faced by communities who suffered from several years of drought.

In a joint statement council mayors Malcolm Hancock (Elliston), Jo-Anne Quigley (Lower Eyre Peninsula) and Sam Telfer (Tumby Bay) said the events would provide the chance for communities to better understand what people in badly affected communities were going through and fundraise for people in need.

"Many parts of Australia have been ravaged by drought and fire and communities are under significant financial emotional stress.

"These free barbecues are about showing our support and getting a deeper understanding of what other communities are facing."

Guest speakers will include Geurie Lions Club members Anne Jones OAM and Peter Perry who are managing the Drought Relief Project for a district that includes Bourke and Broken Hill, and Scott Richardson from Narromine, New South Wales.

Lock farmer Michael Hancock will also speak about the challenge of delivering 46,000 tonnes of mostly drought and frost affected crops from Eyre Peninsula and the Mid North under the Rural Aid program.

This hay is being delivered to the eastern states and even drought affected parts of the Eyre Peninsula.