Talking about rural struggles

Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, is doing its bit to lift the cone of silence on the unique problems faced by Australians living in rural communities.

Rural Aid Australia representative, Ms Jenny Jensen, has addressed Council about the work that the organisation does in the region and across Australia, highlighting its availability as
a year-round service.

Mayor, Graeme Scheu, said, “This service isn’t just for those experiencing drought or other natural challenges, but it’s about the daily struggles of rural living.

“Whether you’re a property owner or an employee working on the land, there are resources available and we’re so lucky to have this service available in our community.”

The organisation partners with a variety of other groups to provide a range of services, including: the Buy a Bale fodder program; Farm Army, where volunteers help on farms; Farm Rescue, where tradies provide a mini makeover on farms; and most importantly on-farm counselling. 

The counselling service helps people work through a range of financial and social pressures that can come from rural life.

Ms Jensen is from a farming background and, like her colleagues, can apply her professional counselling qualifications with a very practical knowledge of the issues that her clients may face.