Gloucester's community-driven drought recovery hub opens

Gloucester's Recovery Hub is all about linking rural people with services and access to pantry food items. Photo Anne Keen
Gloucester's Recovery Hub is all about linking rural people with services and access to pantry food items. Photo Anne Keen

It's been months in the making and finally it's come to fruition with Gloucester's community-driven drought hub now open.

Recovery Hub 2422 is all about linking the rural community with vital services and providing access to pantry food items.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, as well as groups which have brought in donations from outside the region, the hub is opening with a stocked pantry.

The hope is that rural residents in the region will take advantage of this confidential and private service to help get them through the tough times in relation to the drought.

It's also hoped that people will come and take the basic items they need and spend what money they have in the local businesses to help support the local economy.

Although there has been some rain and the grass has greened up, the repercussions of the unprecedented extreme dry period will be seen for a long time into the future.

For many producers, it could be up to three years before they're able to reap the rewards of stocking their land.

The hub is located in the back of the MidCoast Council Gloucester office via the Railway Street entrance.

It's open for drop-ins on Wednesdays and Thursday from 10am until 2pm at this stage.

Anyone with a Property Identification Codes (PIC), agricultural workers or anyone impacted by the drought are welcome to access the service. There will be information about vital services, government support, as well as access to the pantry.

Anyone looking to access the hub outside of these hours is welcome to email recoveryhub2422@gmail.com or call 0498 357 449.