The Climate Change Community grants program has been established to support projects that help communities to take action and manage climate change impacts by being able to better plan, prepare for and respond to heatwaves, storms, floods, drought and bush fires, to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Applications are now OPEN from now until Friday 31 January 2020.
Round Four of the widely successful Building Better Regions Fund closes Thursday 19 December. This round will be focused on supporting projects in drought affected areas. For Round Four there is a total of $200 million available.
The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. Grants are from $20,000 up to $10 million.
Please contact the RDA Central West office t. 02 6369 1600 or e. firstname.lastname@example.org for any advice or support regarding your application to this grant opportunity.
Applications CLOSE at 5pm on Thursday 19 December 2019.
Family businesses in and around the Central West region will have the opportunity to receive valuable tools and advice on succession planning from a team of industry experts at a FREE, one-day workshop to be held in Parkes on Thursday 28 November 2019.
Following the success of a similar event held in Narromine earlier this year, the National Association for Loss and Grief’s (NALAG) ‘Our Shout’ program coordinator, Ms Brenda Baker, is hoping to improve the experiences of succession for a greater number of family businesses. “The workshop in Narromine was attended by over 120 people and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive,” she said.
NALAG’s ‘Our Shout’ program promotes positive strategies to improve well-being and resilience in rural NSW communities. “Communication in family-run business is crucial not only for financial success but also the emotional and mental well-being of all family members that are involved in the partnership. Family members that are able to express their needs and concerns in a way that is productive and supportive of other family members often leads to healthy and long term sustainable family partnerships that are able to weather the hardships of not only drought but of the many other challenges that face rural and regional communities,” said Brenda Baker.
The workshop’s expert panel will include Family Succession Advisor, James Hamilton and Succession Law Specialist, Claire Booth. Ms Booth says drought conditions should not deter families from succession planning, “The impact on the drought for some farming families has meant people are stuck in a holding pattern, waiting for things to improve before starting or finishing succession planning. However, what we’re hearing from the banking sector is if a family has been thinking about a succession plan now is actually a good time to sit down and discuss the options.
“Farmers rarely want a hand out, but a hand up – they want to be in charge of their future, and what happens to their land, especially when it comes to handing over assets or management to the next generation,” said Claire Booth.
Regional Development Australia Central West’s (RDA CW) CEO Mr Sam Harma added: “This workshop will ensure attendees from across the Central West are empowered with powerful new communication skills, take home checklists on how to approach the succession plan as well as insights from the banking sector as to how best approach the bank when things are tough, cash flow is low, equity levels are stretched and the impact of drought affects even the most informed plan. Family businesses are the back-bone of our communities and we’re positive that the new skills and tools learnt at this workshop will have positive outcomes across the region.”
The ‘Family Matters: Succession Planning Workshop’ will be held at Parkes Services Club from 9am-4pm on Thursday 28 November 2019 and is supported by: Regional Development Australia Central West, Parkes Shire Council, Rural Financial Counselling Service and the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Resilience Program.
The workshop is FREE but registration essential. Registration is NOW OPEN and will fill fast.
*A downloadable FLYER detailing the event is available here or directly from the above website.
*It would be appreciated if you think this free workshop might be of interest to members of your community if you can distribute or post these flyers up on any relevant notice boards to help spread the word to assist families in our region.
CRANAplus Bush Support Service Psychologists are visiting as many areas as possible to promote best-practices in managing stress and having difficult conversations with distressed patients and clients in May. This service is to assist communities in coping with the social and emotional impact of the severe drought in NSW.
It’s not just farmers feeling the effects of this on-going drought, but also farming contractors and local rural businesses. Currently, Vinnies, the Salvos, the CWA and Lions are distributing $3,000 cash injection grants to many in need.
Please note you do not have to be a primary producer to apply for these grants. Ag-related businesses (for example, farm machinery mechanics and fencers) are also eligible.
This grant will remain open until funds are exhausted. The closure date will be announced on the CWA website.
The CWA is offering financial assistance to help drought affected families meet household expenses. Up to a maximum of $3,000 per family/household, is available to eligible applicants. Expenses can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates, telephone, dental and medical (gap payments or cost of travel to access treatment) etc. For expenses that are current and/or outstanding.