RURAL AID ARMY: Rural Aid’s Peter Kenyon at the Gayndah community planning event, 2020. Picture: Sam Turner
RURAL AID ARMY: Rural Aid’s Peter Kenyon at the Gayndah community planning event, 2020. Picture: Sam Turner

Rural Aid army to invade Gayndah this month

THE workshop is done, plans are completed and 60 Rural Aid Farm Army volunteers are on their way to Gayndah from March 22–28.

Gayndah will be the first town off the lot from the ten towns selected to start their long term renewal projects.

Rural Aid Engaging Community Officer and Co-Founder, Tracy Alder said they experienced Gayndah’s all encompassing vision of a vibrant, friendly community where heritage, growth, and lifestyle at their recent workshops.

“Farmers to council to community members came together, formulated concepts and organised different town sectors in preparation to work with us and Bank of IDEAS community change and renewal expert, Peter Kenyon,” Mrs Alder said.

“Our 60 Farm Army volunteers will spend a week in the town working with the community, bringing Gayndah’s projects to fruition while also bringing a welcoming financial injection and new friendships.

“As well as the 10 Towns Makeovers, additional funding has been made available for Rural Aid’s Farm Army to do four farm rescues in each of the areas.”

The Gayndah community have identified the projects for Rural Aid’s Farm Army to work on over the week to help give the town a much-needed start to their long-term renewal.

These include, the Gayndah Race Club, Gayndah Swimming Pool, Gayndah Historical Village, Pioneer Place and Native Botanical Gardens, Gayndah and Binjour Bowls Clubs, playground fencing and the Gayndah Railway Station Complex.

Gayndah will also be invaded by yet another army, who will be armed with musical instruments.

The Australian Army Band Brisbane will bring their music talent, workshopping with local schools on Wednesday afternoon.

Rural Aid’s Gift of Music program will be there too, donating musical instruments and Lego to nine schools in the area, all thanks to the support of Evolution Mines.

The Show Grounds will come alive on Wednesday night, March 25 as the Army Band – Brisbane rocks the town with traditional Big Band sounds through to funky arrangements of rock hits and Australian music.

Added to this, the Rural Aid Board will be in town on March 25/26 to experience the first of the Ten Towns Makeovers and for their March Board meeting.

The Ten Towns Makeover initiative is Rural Aid’s way of supporting small rural communities and highlighting the impact the drought is having on them


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