Re­silience of­fi­cer to sup­port dairy farm­ers

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THE ap­point­ment of a new ru­ral sup­port worker un­der the NSW De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ Ru­ral Re­silience Pro­gram will sup­port farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the Lower Hunter, Glouces­ter and Man­ning ar­eas.

DPI man­ager busi­ness re­silience pro­gram So­nia Muir said the ap­point­ment of Peter Brown to the new role, based at Ta­ree, would ad­dress an iden­ti­fied need for sup­port in the area – in par­tic­u­lar for dairy farm­ers, fish­ers and oys­ter grow­ers.

“Peter brings a wealth of skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to the role as he grew up on dairy farm at Wing­ham, NSW, and has man­aged his own dairy farm for more than two decades,” Ms Muir said.

“The dairy in­dus­try is go­ing through some chal­leng­ing times at the mo­ment and Peter is well placed to lis­ten to farm­ers’ needs and to pro­vide sup­port for them and their fam­i­lies.

“Peter’s main fo­cus is to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect farm­ers with oth­ers in farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties and to the range of sup­port ser­vices avail­able to them.”

Ms Muir said the DPI Ru­ral Re­silience Pro­gram pro­vided in­for­ma­tion, tools, and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to build farm­ers’ skills, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, to fos­ter their own re­silience.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

NEW ROLE: DPI ru­ral sup­port worker, Peter Brown, based at Ta­ree.

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