This week in Darwin Coordinator-General for Drought and Flood Shane Stone AC QC welcomed Jane Mack, the Agency’s new Regional Recovery Officer for the southern region of the Northern Territory.
Jane hit the ground running and has already met with CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) Ashley Manicaros and his team, CEO of Northern Territory Farmers Association Paul Burke and his team, and Paul Cottle, the Darwin-based Rural Financial Counsellor.
“I can’t wait to get out there and learn about the needs of the people throughout the region and to feed back to the wider Agency what’s happening on the ground,” Jane said.
“It’s a challenge that means so much to me because I grew up in this industry and in this region – both are so close to my heart.”
As a Regional Recovery Officer, Jane will work closely with other government agencies, such as the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Regional Investment Corporation and Services Australia to ensure local families, farmers and businesses affected by drought and flood know how to access available supports and receive the correct information and advice to suit their individual needs.
Jane comes from a family that has lived on stations and properties from the Centre to the Top End and nearly everywhere in between.
Born in Tennant Creek and at times schooled remotely by School of the Air, she’s worked with livestock and people who have raised and cared for cattle in good times and in bad.
“My focus now is to keep connecting with communities and people across the Territory in a safe way,” Jane said.
Jane has already spoken with pastoralists in her region and is planning to visit research stations in Central Australia in the next few weeks. The NTCA has also invited Jane to accompany them on a field trip in two weeks.
Some advice from the Coordinator-General: Don’t hang around Jane too closely – you’ll choke on the dust!