Our Community

Where we have been

Visiting communities is a big part of our work, and we’re regularly out on the road talking to people and attending community events. Follow us on social media to stay up to date with our travels, and take a look below to see when we’ve been in your community.

Date Town Meeting
8 Jul 2020 Parkes Dubbo

Coordinator-General Shane Stone Agency staff met with Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith OAM, Councillor Neil Westcott, General Manager Kent Boyd and Drought Response Officer Roger Kitson. Mr Kitson outlined some of the programs they have delivered as a result of their research, such as free Succession Planning workshops for the wider community.

They then continued on to Dubbo to meet up with Mayor of the Dubbo region Ben Shields and Council Chief Executive Officer Michael McMahon to discuss the impacts of drought throughout the region and to receive an update on how they’ve used their DCP funding, including upgrades to the CBD, showgrounds, saleyards and Wellington library.

7 Jul 2020 Leeton Whitton Forbes

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited Leeton in the NSW Riverina region, for an update on the many projects the Shire had been able to complete with Drought Communities Programme funding, including renovation of the former Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission Building (WC&IC), which is now home to the Leeton Museum and Gallery - a popular tourist attraction.

They also visited Southern Cotton Gin in Whitton, which is diversifying into agri-tourism with a malthouse, cellar door and restaurant being constructed next to the gin.

The team’s final stop for the day was at Forbes in Central West NSW, to hear about some great projects that Forbes Shire Council has completed with its $1 million DCP funding, such as 400 solar-powered light bollards installed at Lake Forbes and an award-winning “dog run” at the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange.

6 Jul 2020 Temora

A team from the Agency visited Temora in NSW, where they caught up with Councillors and staff of Temora Shire Council, which recently received its second round of Drought Communities Programme funding. Our team were told the funding had made a big difference to the community, with most local groups benefiting as a result.

22 Jun 2020 Orbost and Bairnsdale

Coordinator-General Shane Stone, Regional Recovery Officers Lana Young and Dean Jones and other Agency staff met with farmer and former Livestock President of Victorian Farmers Federation Chris Nixon on his property ‘Bete Bolong’ near Orbost. The team also spoke with Peter Honey, a former vet and now cattle producer and his wife Jeanette on their neighbouring property.

The team then made its way to Bairnsdale to meet with Rural Financial Counselling Service Gippsland Senior Coordinator Jenny Mason, Agriculture Vic’s Regional Manager for Gippsland Nick Dudley and CEO of East Gippsland Shire Council Anthony Basford to discuss all levels of government working together to build drought preparedness in the region. 

17 Jun 2020 Bega Genoa

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Local Land Services (LLS), a NSW Government Agency, to learn about obstacles to drought and bushfire recovery in the South East Coast region. The group discussed the LLS led drought workshops, challenges to dam and irrigation facilities and bushfire support for farmers.
The team then travelled to Genoa in Victoria to visit a grazier who lost 80 head of cattle in the bushfires. The group discussed support for herd rebuilding, Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loans and the journey towards recovery.

16 Jun 2020 Cooma Nimmitabel Bega

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with the Snowy Monaro Regional Council to hear about the impacts of drought, bushfires and COVID-19 in the region.  The group also discussed connectivity blackspots and the appointment of Bushfire Recovery Officers.

The team then met with the Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW Southern Region before heading to ‘Kenilworth’, a sheep and cattle property in Nimmitabel, to meet with farmers, shearing contractors and small business owners.  The meeting covered many topics, including awareness of drought assistance available, JobKeeper allowance, off-farm income, freight subsidies, cluster fencing and the next generation of farmers in the area.