Proud Pratten residents urged to accept drought assistance
THE tanks are running dry but Pratten residents remain reluctant to accept help, according to a new drought relief charity.
Dianne Lawlor led the Southern Downs Community Relief Group in Pratten Hall this morning distributing water pallets from their first drop on Saturday.
It was the group’s first of many water distributions planned, receiving 54 pallets of water, each weighing 1 tonne for distribution at the Warwick Show Grounds on Saturday.
“We have a lot of retirees and a lot in their 80s so we decided to support people in Pratten,” she said.
“They don’t need to drive out to Warwick and can just come to the hall and collect water we received on Saturday here.”
The groups secretary said they were chuffed with the results on Saturday.
“We had over 200 families were assisted over the weekend,” she said.
To be eligible for the water, residents need to be in the Southern Downs area, living off tank or bore water and they cannot be registered with another drought assistance group.
“Pretty much everybody in the Pratten region comes under that condition, a lot of them can’t drink their remaining water as it’s contaminated,” Ms Lawlor said.
“So they’re all entitled to some nice clean drinking water.”
For Nita Weir who comes under that category, she’d rather assist others than benefit from the donations by Sunshine Coast Water Angels and Muslim Aid.
“We’ve got water for our stock but we haven’t got drinking water for ourselves, our bore water is getting down and it’s very salty,” she said.
“But I can buy water, some can’t and are way worse off than myself so instead I’m helping distribute it,” she said.
“Someone else can have my share.”
But Ms Lawlor said she encourages those who are entitled receive it to come in and collect.
“It’s great everyone is considering their neighbour but it’s something that’s happening a lot and I say no this is for you too.”
“This is due to generosity and they would like you to have it so I do encourage everyone to take their allocation of water because its actually saying thanks to the effort of people who donate it.”
For more details on water drops and eligibility contact the Southern Downs Community Relief Group on 0491 614 748.