New Rural Support Workers for drought affected communities

26 Feb 2019

A composite photo of Grace and Brian smiling towards the camera

Two new Rural Support Workers have recently been appointed under the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Rural Resilience Program to support farming communities across the Far West and Northern Tablelands Regions.

DPI’s Manager Business Resilience Programs, Pip Job said with the ongoing drought the Northern Tablelands and Far West were identified as areas in need of Rural Support Workers.

“The appointment of Grace Murray at Bourke and Brian Sherwood in Tamworth is essential to provide support to those drought affected communities,” Ms Job said.

“The Rural Resilience Program works proactively with farming communities and partners to strengthen networks, exchange information and deliver relevant initiatives that build personal and business skills and knowledge.

“Brian will cover parts of the North West, but primarily will listen to farming communities on the Northern Tablelands to learn about their issues and needs and where appropriate link farmers to services, assistance measures and other initiatives.

“He will use his previous experience as a Business and Financial Advisor, Rural Financial Counsellor and farmer to provide a front line drought support service to ensure the coordination of services and to deliver effective programs.

Grace has lived in Bourke most of her life, has a great understanding of the communities of the far west region and the challenges farmers are facing during the drought.

“Grace will work with other government agencies and partners to deliver initiatives for Far West farmers and farming communities that build personal well-being, leadership and business skills.

“Especially during drought we know how important it is for farmers and farming families to stay connected with their communities.”

The Rural Resilience Program has staff across NSW and work closely with other partners such as the NSW Rural Assistance Authority, Rural Financial Counsellors, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and the Local Lands Services to do this.

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