Building resilience in farming communities

Department of Primary Industries‘ new Rural Resilience Program (RRP) was launched by Minister for Primary Industries the Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson MP earlier this month. The program’s vision is ‘connected viable farming communities’.

Coffs Harbour Jen Haberecht and Raechel Squires, Bourke Sarah Goulden, Broken Hill Ellen Day, Hay Danny Byrnes, Coonabarabran Sue Freebairn, Goulburn Mark Robertson and Ted O’Kane, Tocal Liane Corocher

Coffs Harbour: Jen Haberecht and Raechel Squires, Bourke: Sarah Goulden, Broken Hill: Ellen Day, Hay: Danny Byrnes, Coonabarabran: Sue Freebairn, Goulburn: Mark Robertson and Ted O’Kane, Tocal: Liane Corocher

The new program  was born out of the Rural Support Program recognising the need to work with farming communities on longer-term strategies to build resilience. [Resilience is defined as the ability to keep moving forward and achieve goals through times of adversity.] Historically the program has delivered a number of informal training and social events for farmers on topics such as succession planning, mental health, business management and farm planning and has linked farmers with essential support services. The team will continue to work directly with farming communities and support services with a focus on longer-term strategies in partnership with a larger range of service providers.

Rural Resilience Program – What can we do for you?

  1. Create opportunities to connect you with others in farming communities as well as support services.
  2. Provide information, tools and development opportunities that build your skills, knowledge and experience.
  3. Support you and your family while recovering from adverse events and help you prepare for the future.
  4. Listen to your farming needs and issues and communicate these to policy makers.

The Rural Resilience team currently has nine staff in various locations across NSW from Bourke and Broken Hill in the far west to Tocal, Coffs Harbour and Goulburn on the east coast. To find out more or get in touch with your local Rural Resilience Officer see the Rural Resilience Program website.

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NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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