My name is Sandy McNaughton and I am the Regional Recovery Officer for Northern NSW.
I am originally from Melbourne, but for the past sixteen years have been living on a property at Delungra (near Inverell) where my husband manages the Gunnee Feedlot.
Prior to joining the National Drought and Flood Agency I worked as a Project Officer in Federal Government drought assistance programs and held communications and media advisor roles with the Department of Regional NSW and the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.
My professional background is in the area of arts and event management, and I am passionate about promoting cultural activity as a channel for upskilling our rural workforce, improving community wellbeing and other development opportunities.
I have extensive experience in the development and delivery of regional community capacity building projects, including as Manager of the Roxy Theatre in Bingara, Director of the North West Film Festival and Community Engagement Manager with the Sapphire Wind Farm (Inverell).
These roles and my experience living and working in rural communities have given me a good understanding of the challenges faced by primary producers and country towns reliant on a healthy agricultural industry.
As the Regional Recovery Officer for Northern NSW I’m excited about being out on the road, speaking with individuals and communities, hearing what they have to say and helping to support them through the tough times, particularly those experiencing drought.