National Party Spokesperson for Rural Communities Barbara Kuriger has thanked the Rural Support Trust for the care and support they extend to people who are facing challenges and encourages those in need to reach out.
“This year has seen a number of challenges for the rural community. The Rural Support Trust has worked tirelessly to help support those who are in challenging times.
“The current extreme weather conditions across the country present hard times for farmers for a number of reasons, especially due to the need to source feed for animals.
“After a number of years of financial downturn, these weather conditions are adding extra pressure on families. On top of this, we have the further incursions of Mycoplasma Bovis and Myrtle Rust.
“The Trust is actively working with people from the properties where these incursions have been found and are supporting them through the actions they need to follow to minimise the spread.
“But the pressure continues to be felt, with a number of people in the rural communities having taken their own lives over the past few weeks. This is a tragedy and at this time of year when we look to be celebrating the festive season, there are families out there who are grieving for their loved ones.
“Severe weather, finances, relationships and work pressures can all mount up for those in rural communities so it is important that we all help the Rural Support Trust by taking care of each other and reaching out if we need support.
“The barbeques and community events run by the Rural Support Trust give people the opportunity to take some time to reflect together and know that they are not alone in their struggles.”