Double events to help fight drought

Vince Sorrenti will headline a pair of drought events to be held in Glen Innes next month.
Vince Sorrenti will headline a pair of drought events to be held in Glen Innes next month.

Glen Innes is to hold a pair of community events to help fight the drought.

Federal money will subsidise the two free 'rugged bash' community events, set to be held early June.

On Friday June 7, the services club will host comedian Vince Sorrenti, with local band Burnt Embers opening the drought relief event.

That's just the warmup act for a Saturday morning festival set to fill Grey street with market stalls. Feature acts to include x factor finalists Brothers3, Victorian farm management coach Warren Davies, and local acts.

The event is billed as an opportunity to put down the tools, dust off your boots, and come along with the family.

Council says the event is designed to provide a respite for everyone in the local and wider community affected by the drought.

Vince Sorrenti.

Vince Sorrenti.

Glen Innes Severn council was given $39,961 by the Federal government to pay for the events, which were described at the time as "a family-friendly, fun and educational drought community relief event, it hopes to draw locals and visitors from nearby towns and regional centres to Grey Street with stalls, service providers, food, drink and entertainment to provide an economic boost for the town."

The drought communities program subsidises councils in drought-declared areas to build infrastructure, hire staff and hold events, but has sharp limitations on what money can be spent on.

The Glen Innes Severn council also spent money on road resurfacing, a new walking and cycling track in Glen Innes and a water stand pipe in Deepwater, among other things. Ultimately it received about a million dollars through the program.