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Floods, droughts and live export anxiety for bush

HELPFUL WORKSHOP: David Littleproud with Miles locals David and Allana McInnerney.
HELPFUL WORKSHOP: David Littleproud with Miles locals David and Allana McInnerney. Nick Inmon David Barwell And Ali Kutchel

FLOODS, droughts and live export interruptions were three of the main issues testing rural resilience, according to participants in Suncorp Bank's agribusiness roadshow last week.

Suncorp's regional manager for central and western Queensland, David Littleproud, said more than 200 primary producers joined the roadshow at stops in Miles, St George, Roma and Charleville.

The focus of the week-long tour was how to manage and thrive in a challenging and changing agribusiness environment.

"A strong support and communication network is a key building block in developing a resilient farm business," Mr Littleproud said.

"Having a chat to a neighbour, supplier or another producer can help build knowledge to make more informed decisions, deal with uncertainty and plan for the future."

On tour he said there was definitely a common theme, with producers raising floods, droughts and troubles with live exports as major concerns.

But Mr Littleproud said having a guest speaker who had lived through 17 years of drought in New Zealand opened the door for people to share experiences.

"Doug Avery has lived through the lowest of lows and could have become another dark agricultural statistic," he said.

"Hearing in detail about the individual steps he took to battle through and make transformational changes to his farm really resonated."

St George landholder Charlotte Gerhardt said the workshop was a welcome opportunity to share the stress and struggle of rural life.

"There have been, and continue to be, some very real challenges in the bush, so it is positive to share stories and support each other," she explained.

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