St Vincent de Paul state committee member for social justice and president of St Mary’s St Vincent de Paul Conference Val Gray organised the forum to reach out to the community.
St Vincent de Paul state committee member for social justice and president of St Mary’s St Vincent de Paul Conference Val Gray organised the forum to reach out to the community.

Fighting for fair go

IN a crowd full of people, it’s easy to be engulfed by the masses but one Warwick man wants you to know you’re never alone.

Val Gray, who is a member of the St Vincent de Paul state committee for social justice and president of St Mary’s St Vincent de Paul Conference, organised a social justice open forum in Warwick on Saturday to tackle issues and struggles facing our community.

“Social justice is a term which gets thrown around but in the true Aussie sense it means ‘a fair go’,” Mr Gray said.

In his Irish accent, Mr Gray spoke about the human need for support, coupled with issues directly affecting our farming community members covered by guest speakers invited to the forum.

“We’re not here to sit on our backsides and do nothing,” he said.

“We have to think about the other half or there’s turmoil and they’ll have a bloody go at you.”

The ‘fair go for farmers’ issue was well received by the gathering with guest speaker, Elbow Valley farmer Liam O’Dea, decoding legislation such as compensation for loss of land use and the right to farm.

Guest speakers also included acclaimed Catholic Social Justice Commission co-ordinator and author Dr Mark Copeland, who discussed Aboriginal social justice, Warwick’s own Pam Burley who spoke on domestic violence and Pat Orvad, from Bundaberg, who spoke about problem gambling.

For more information on the social justice committee contact Val Gray on 4661 1930 or John Forkan on 4667 0867.



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