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Drought behind region with worst youth unemployment, bush Sister says

Sr Christine Henry

BUSH Sister of Charity Christine Henry believes prolonged drought is one reason outback Queensland has been identified as easily Australia’s worst youth unemployment hotspot. A report by the anti-poverty group The Brotherhood of St Laurence has analysed Australian Bureau of Statistics data to find youth unemployment at its extreme – 67.1 per cent – in a thinly populated but vast ... Read More »

North Queensland in recovery mode after major flood damage

Sr Nina Barra in Ingham

NORTH Queensland is recovering after major flooding cut roads, closed Catholic schools and caused major property damage. Hardest hit was the town of Ingham, where a muddy clean-up of homes and businesses was underway after floodwaters swept through town, with authorities issuing a warning about crocodiles and snakes. “We’re cut off north, east and west still, but the centre of ... Read More »

‘Fantastic’ rain brings relief to several communities up north

flooding in Mt Isa

TRAFFIC is not a word Corena Powers uses much in Mount Isa. But that’s what graced the Good Shepherd parish secretary’s morning school drop-off just days after what was the heaviest rainfall through the north-west Queensland city in years. Flooding of the Leichhardt River shut down two of Mount Isa’s bridges, forcing all traffic to and from the city to ... Read More »

Steady rain lifts spirits but not the Queensland drought

barren land in Aramac

WHEN Good Samaritan Sister Carmel Pattinson heard a steady fall of rain on her roof in Richmond last week, she also felt the spirits of the locals “being lifted”. But intermittent rain over a few days wasn’t enough to end what is now the fifth year of drought in the north Queensland town. “It has lifted people’s spirits but the ... Read More »

Queensland farming communities “nothing short of desperate” for rain

outback sunset

CATHOLICS in outback Queensland are praying for drought-breaking rain, as graziers are forced to sell off their cattle. “Desperate. Nothing short of desperate,” Blackall stock agent Jeremy Barron said, describing the plight of farming communities that have endured up to six failed “wet” seasons. “It’s at that stage where no one’s got an answer. “It’s not only the properties, it’s ... Read More »

Bundaberg farmers thank God for first drops of rain in three months

Carol Wallace at her farm

IN drought-stricken Childers, the Catholic faithful have been praying for rain – and it’s working. Each Monday afternoon for the past five weeks, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Father Sunny Mathew has joined his parishioners in prayer in the town’s Sacred Heart Church. On March 14, substantial rain fell for the first time in three months – drenching farms and cattle ... Read More »

Ravenshoe parish gives young families battling the drought an all-expenses-paid weekend away

drought family

THREE young families from drought-stricken northern cattle stations will have a break from the stress and worry with a visit to Ravenshoe’s Torimba Festival which starts this weekend. Ravenshoe parish is hosting the families to an all-expenses-paid weekend in the town. Parish pastoral leader for the Ravenshoe and Gulf Savannah parishes Deacon Peter de Haas said the aim was “to ... Read More »

Food shortages continue in PNG with millions affected

PNG Food Shortage

REMOTE villagers in Papua New Guinea remain critically short of food with predictions that severe weather conditions will continue until the middle of the year.According to a World Food Program operational briefing paper, quoting PNG Government figures, more than 2.7 million people are affected by extreme El Nino climate conditions, which started a year ago.One WFP briefing paper source, Dr ... Read More »

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