Workshops designed to build resilience in times of drought will be held in Roma, Mitchell and Surat next week.
Workshops designed to build resilience in times of drought will be held in Roma, Mitchell and Surat next week.

Workshops in Surat, Mitchell and Roma next to build resilience in times of drought

WORKSHOPS designed to improve understanding of resilience and risk-based decision-making in farming will be held in Roma, Surat and Mitchell next week.

ConnectAg Principal Rhonda Toms-Morgan said the workshops would be addressed by Cam Nicholson, a partner in Geelong-based Nicon Rural Services.

“Mr Nicholson focuses on helping farming businesses with communication and decision-making,’’ she said.

“People on the land are finding it challenging to cope, both personally and economically, with what are very tough drought-affected times in our region.

“Presentations such as Mr Nicholson’s will help agricultural advisers understand local farming enterprises and develop or improve vital skills that will help them work with farmers in these challenging times.’’

South West Hospital and Health Service regional adversity co-ordinator Gavin Johannesen said the workshops will provide farming businesses with support and advice, as well as practical training to increase their sustainability and build personal resilience.

“The aim of the Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care program is to support community resilience-building strategies, projects and activities that help develop and promote community networks, build awareness of mental health issues and encourage individuals to seek help if needed,’’ he said.

The Roma Ag Advisors workshop will be held from 6.30am on November 13 at the Ernest Brock Room, in the Cultural Centre. A $10 fee is applicable.

The Surat workshop will be held from 12.30-6pm on November 13 at the New Royal Hotel in Surat.

The Mitchell workshop will be held from 12.30-6pm on November 14 at the Mitchell Hall in Cambridge St.

No fee applies to the Surat and Mitchell events where afternoon tea and a barbecue dinner will be available.

RSVP for all three workshops is November 11. Contact Rhonda for more details on 0407 678 574 or email rhondatoms@bigpond.com.


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