Readers will recall that following the hail event, Riverland Wine approached Minister Bignell with an offer to assist Government in resurrecting the FaBS program that operated as part of the drought response.
That offer was enthusiastically accepted and matched by Government. Four FaB Scouts were engaged locally, Robyn Cain, John Chase, Brent Fletcher and Debbie Thiele and the former co-ordinator Judy Wilkinson (from Snowtown) offered to assist as a Mentor to the group. The (easily recognisable) Scouts were recently featured in local newspapers. They have hit the ground running and most Riverland producers, not just winegrowers but growers of other crops as well are aware of the service.
The group met last week to compare notes and report on progress. As anticipated the financial strains arising from the hail damage have yet to take full effect and with this year’s late vintage that impact will be pushed further out by more than a month in most cases.
The emotional upheaval that often follows financial stresses will be more evident in the second half of the year. If your business or a friend’s or neighbour’s business suffered damage, likely to impact cash flow, don’t hesitate to utilise the service by contacting PIRSA 8595 9100
The FaBS are working with Roger Fielke, well known for his work across the region especially in Men’s Health. Roger and one of the mentors will attend each of the scheduled breakfast meetings in May to help ensure members can access those agencies most likely to be able to assist.