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Drought ... exhibition shares the struggle

ON DISPLAY: Drought ... what next? A collection of images from central and western Queensland.
ON DISPLAY: Drought ... what next? A collection of images from central and western Queensland. Anne Smith

STRIKING, heartbreaking, eye-opening are some of the words used to describe the images in a unique photography exhibition on display at the Emerald Art Gallery.

"Drought ... what next" is a project by social services organisation CentacareCQ, aimed at keeping the ongoing issue of drought in the minds of city people and politicians.

Dr Ricki Jeffery, of CentacareCQ, said the exhibition, featuring works by photographer Anne Smith, was created in collaboration with drought-affected landholders in central western Queensland, who wanted to share their stories with the wider community.

"CentacareCQ received federal funding to help drought-affected families and when we asked the landholders how best we could help them we heard overwhelmingly that they simply wanted the wider community to know their struggles were not over," Dr Jeffery said.

"This exhibition is a reminder to those on the coast, in the towns and cities, and to the politicians, that the effects of the drought are devastating and long-lasting.

"The recent rain is not a 'magic fix' and it will take a long time for seriously drought stricken communities to heal and recover."

"Drought... what next", a collection of compelling photographs, is on at the Emerald Art Gallery, 65 Egerton St, this month.



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