Drought support boosted on the EP with ninth mentor

The State Government has appointed an additional Family and Business (FaB) Support Program mentor on the Eyre Peninsula to assist drought-affected communities.

Well-known Eyre Peninsula advocate and Kimba resident Steve Whillas is the ninth mentor to join the FaB Support Program which is aimed at improving the health and well-being of those affected by drought.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone announced Mr Whillas’ addition to the FaB mentor team during a visit to the Eyre Peninsula today.

“Steve is passionate about the Eyre Peninsula and will be an excellent addition to the FaB mentor team based in Kimba,” said Minister Whetstone.

“The work Steve has already been doing to raise funds for fodder support and the help he’s provided to affected producers in the region, has been outstanding.

“The State Government has recognised the need and demand of support through the program on the Eyre Peninsula and that is why we have appointed a ninth mentor.

“One of the key elements of the FaB Support Program is the ability for the trusted mentors to travel down driveways and provide assistance at the farmer’s kitchen table.

“Through this program we are identifying those people in the community who need help but may not call out for help, saving lives, relationships and families.”

There are now three FaB mentors servicing the Eyre Peninsula.

During today’s visit to the Eyre Peninsula, Minister Whetstone also visited Cowell during a hay drop through the Buy-A-Bale campaign and held a drought community forum at Arno Bay.

“The State Government worked with Livestock SA to establish a fodder register which is helping direct any surplus fodder or hay stocks grown in South Australia to those farmers in the State most in need,” said Minister Whetstone.

Through the fodder register, Livestock SA is working with charity organisations, such as Buy-A-Bale, to deliver donated hay to South Australia’s farmers.

To donate surplus hay or fodder or to register, contact Livestock SA on (08) 8297 2299 or [email protected]

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