BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm.
BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm. Tobi Loftus

Barbecue to help those still recovering from storms

A RECOVERY barbecue is being held at the Coolabunia State School this weekend to help support those affected by storms.

Kristy Frahm from Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation is helping coordinate the event, which is held on Sunday, November 25, from 11am to 2pm.

"This Sunday is the Storm Recovery Barbeque, and we're holding it at Coolabunia State School, which was right in the middle of one of the areas impacted by the severe storm cell that came through on October 11,” she said.

Ms Frahm said many organisations were joining to support the luncheon's cause.

"It's a really collaborative effort. It's a South Burnett Regional Council event and BIEDO is providing support through coordinating it, and Stanwell are providing sponsorship so that a free lunch can be provided to everyone who comes along,” she said.

"Principal Murray is also really kind to open the school grounds up and the Coolabunia school P&C is hosting the barbecue for us.”

This barbecue is not only for those affected by October's storms, but for anyone still recovering from storms over the past year.

"There has been a number of storm cells that have come through the South Burnett, starting on Boxing Day last year, and we just thought that this would be a great opportunity to have as we come into another storm season,” Ms Frahm said.

"It'll get everyone together who was affected by any of the storm events, but it'll also bring the people who helped with the recovery. There's obviously a lot of volunteers and neighbours always pitch in, and communities are always fantastic when a crisis happens.”

Ms Frahm also understands this recovery process can go for a very long time.

"There's also some people from Boxing Day who are awaiting repairs, and we also know about the impact that it has made on agriculture and the crops. Sometimes the outcomes of that aren't known until a long time after, as well,” she said.

The barbecue will have professionals who can give more help and information to those who attend.

"We've also got a number of agencies coming along to provide support and information to everyone. What we found after the Boxing Day storms, when we coordinated two events, was that people had no idea that there was so much help available to them in the region,” she said.

"It really was important to raise some awareness around the agency support in particular, and we're certainly aiming to do that this weekend as well.

"It's open to everyone, it's free of charge, and it's held in the middle of the day this time so that dairy farmers can attend without interrupting their work schedules on the farm.”