The Dhurringile Community Centre and Recreation Reserve has partnered with a number of agriculture organisations to launch the ‘Look Over the Farm Gate’, a community awareness campaign to look after our farmers.
The Victorian Farmers Federation, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Country Women’s Association, Country Fire Authority and National Centre for Farmer Health, with support from the Victorian Government have come together to launch the program and put the spotlight on health and wellbeing support for our farmers.
Dhurringile Community Centre and Recreation Reserve Committee president Sharon McCarthy said what is great about this new initiative, is that it supports farmers by bringing the community together, allowing them to spend some time off the farm to relax with family and friends.
‘‘Increasing pressure and uncertainty from the tough seasonal conditions of the past year, combined with the drop in milk prices, has highlighted a crucial need for extra health and wellbeing support for our farming community,’’ she said.
Ms McCarthy said as part of the campaign, the VFF is encouraging community groups to run social events that bring neighbours and the community together to spend some time off the farm to relax with family and friends.
This may be a simple as hosting a free community barbecue or other social gathering.
Ms McCarthy said the Dhurringile community will use their Meal Deal Nights, that they began in 2002 during the drought, to host the ‘Look over the Farm Gate’.
She said thesesuccessful evenings began during the drought, to promote mental health among the farming community.
‘‘We gather one night a month at the Dhurringile Community Centre and Recreational Reserve and share a meal and relaxing social time together,’’ Ms McCarthy said.
‘‘During the summer months chicken schnitzels are cooked on the barbecue, and everyone brings a salad to share.
‘‘During the colder months we all bring a casseroles or soups to share.
“It is a unique arrangement, and provides an opportunity for us to get to know our neighbours, make community announcements and just support each other.’’
Ms McCarthy said the next ‘Dhurringile Meal Deal’, featuring an international mystery speaker, will be held at the Dhurringile Community Centre and Recreation Reserve, 625 Langham Rd, tomorrow, May 25, from 7 pm.
‘‘Bring a casserole to share and join us for a free, fun family night out. Discover who our mystery speaker is, the only clue is that this speaker has the word chief in their job title,’’ she said.
RSVP: for catering of yummy desserts, and to ensure we look after you well, phone Sharon McCarthy on 0406070975.
The evening is brought to you by ‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ and Murray Dairy.