Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched the Drought and Flood Agency’s Regional Recovery Officer Network at the Bush Summit in Cooma last week, highlighting its important role coordinating effective on-the-ground assistance for people impacted by drought, natural disasters like floods and bushfires, and challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These Regional Recovery Offices are our drought boots on the ground, ensuring governments understand the unique challenges faced by farmers and communities in regions,” Prime Minister Morrison said.
“They’re listening, they're reporting and they're working across government and across community to develop solutions – and solutions that work.”
The Prime Minister was joined at the Summit by Coordinator-General for Drought and Flood, the Hon Shane Stone AC QC, Regional Recovery Officers Jennifer Jeffrey, Sandy McNaughton and Tammy Greer, and other Agency staff.
The Agency’s Regional Recovery Officer network works closely with other Australian Government agencies such as the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Regional Investment Corporation, Services Australia and the Australian Taxation Office to ensure farmers, regional businesses and communities are aware of Australian Government support initiatives and to ensure people receive the correct information and advice to suit their individual needs.
It’s also a voice for people living outside of the larger cities and a crucial source of real time information about how Australian Government assistance measures are working for primary producers, regional businesses and communities. This ensures local ideas and feedback are regularly delivered to the highest levels of government and makes certain the Australian Government understands the challenges unique to each region and can work with communities on the best solutions for them.
Read the full transcript of the Prime Minister’s speech here.
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