Community Drought Support Program | Capricornia Catchments

The State Government Community Drought Support Program funding allowed us to provide art and wellness days in the Banana and Isaac Shires.  The aim of the events were to strengthen the resilience of drought affected communities by building on existing community support mechanisms to increase access and participation in the community.


Baralaba Art & Wellness Day

Baralaba Land Care and Community Resource and Development Centre in Stopford Street is a place in the Banana shire that brings the community together. The Historical society was founded in 2003, and aims to collect, record, restore and preserve the pictorial, oral and written history of Baralaba and District and they operate from this building. Dawson River Art Group are an informal group of friends who get together to paint and/or do other handicrafts. They encourage others, especially beginners and gather at this building. The Landcare building also provides a Resource Centre for Landcare related information e.g. weed identification. It also acts as Travel Information Centre (maps, leaflets etc).

Wednesday the 20th of October was a beautiful day in Baralaba in this very building. The State Government Community Drought Support Program funding allowed us to provide a day of art and wellness to this amazing community. Artist Kath Dunne, Tracey Hewitt, Fiona Black, and Natural therapist Glenda Smyth all travelled to Baralaba to provided acrylic painting, water colour and journaling, welding sculpture art and relaxation to a diverse group of people. The local P&C did the catering and as one person commented “it’s like having Christmas dinner”, it was a healthy and amazing spread. Attendees were shown basic tips on painting and welding and discovered how easy it is to take some time to be creative. We also provided art packs for everyone to take home to allow the continuation of their creative works. Information on Drought Support and continued relaxation with Glenda were provide to all attendees.

Our Mentimeter one word to describe how you were feeling before the workshop brought out honest feelings of excited, interested, nervous and anxious. After the workshop they were happy, inspired, refreshed and confident.


Clarke Creek Photography & Aromatherapy Day

Wonderful, Connected, Great, Beautiful, Community and Memories were just a few of the words expressed by the 36 people who scanned our barcode through Mentimeter to be able to express in one word their thoughts on the smartphone photography and aromatherapy workshop carried out at the Clarke Creek State School 50-year anniversary held on Saturday the 11th of September.

Clarke Creek State School opened on the 17th of May 1971 and has seen its fair share of families going through disasters such as the flood, fire, and drought but the saving grace of this community is the Clarke Creek State School, which, in the absence of a township, serves as the community hub. It caters to the needs of not only the attending students and families but the wider community and provides a meeting place for all groups inside and out of the Isaac region.

The Clarke Creek school knows it is critical to support the children and community through events such as drought, and that the school can help facilitate healing by providing the sense of normality that is needed during such an event. Since residents of Clarke Creek must travel up to 230kms to access health and professional services, for help to be constructive, it is clear that there is a need for ongoing disaster support for families. With so many pressures affecting the ability to fundraise locally in the tiny community, it is appreciative that the needed support can be brought into Clarke Creek through State funded Community Drought Support Programs with events like the art and wellness workshop conducted by Capricornia Catchments.

Fay from the Rockhampton Photography Club brought smiles to people’s faces when they learned how to take and edit photos with ease on their smart phones. We provided a T.V so Fay could mimic her phone on the big screen, making it easier for attendees to follow instructions. We also had potted colour throughout the site in which Fay and attendees were able to practice taking photos on. Thirty to forty minutes of creative learning and laughter without thoughts of the dry times was an enjoyable sight.

Carla Cherry, our Project Officer / Aromatherapist, spoke with people on how they could incorporate essential oils into their lives for mental relaxation and for use throughout the home and how to make chemical free household cleaners from essential oils. Participants created their own clay diffusers for essential oils that could be used as necklaces or air fresheners. The essential oils along with the herbs brought tranquility to the zone.

Project Officer, Katie Elder, sat with people in our rest area lounge offering drinks, snacks, and a conversation. Information was also provided on Rural Aid services, Drought Angels, Red Cross, Rotary, and the support we received from the State Government to be able to hold this event.

Further support can be found at at Rural Aid or Drought Angels.



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