Fit Farmers – Emmaville

27th Aug 2019

All members of the wider Glen Innes community are invited to attend GLENRAC’s annual Fit Farmers event in Emmaville this September.

Running since 2014, this event focuses on the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of the community, and features a line-up of industry professional speakers who are passionate about ensuring rural people have access to the most up to date help and support.

“Fit Farmers was first launched in the very dry year of 2014 to address issues arising from severe drought conditions, and this year we are seeing a very similar pattern across the region,” says GLENRAC Landcare Coordinator, Kylie Falconer.

“This short, informative event is always an interesting one, and we’ve had great feedback from those who’ve attended past events. You don’t have to be a farmer to participate, and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the morning at Emmaville. As an added incentive, eligible participants can leave the day with access to rebates up to $2,500 for business related safety equipment.”

Coinciding with R U OK day and suicide prevention month, the event will include a presentation from Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator, Matthew Milne, about getting through the dry, how to have difficult, but potentially lifesaving, conversations with people who might be struggling, and where to seek support.

Locally based Rural Financial Counsellor, Stuart Brummell, will also give an update on the current financial and income assistance support available for farming operations. “For many farm businesses, their “Financial Health”, or resilience, will be tested during a period of drought. For some, there may be significant financial impact that lingers for a prolonged period after a return to normal seasonal conditions,” says Stuart.

“I will discuss some of the planning options to avoid cash flow deficits that may erode farm equity and increase family/individual stress. I will also provide an update on the latest drought assistance measures to support eligible drought impacted farm businesses.”

The day will include presentations from Safe Work NSW, including a focus on small business and quad bike rebates (to a total value of $2,500) that participants may be eligible for. Achema Insurance, who will be discussing whether attendees are getting the best from their farm insurance and how to manage on-farm risks; and the NSW Police, who will be discussing current rural crime issues.

There will also be displays by Healthwise New England North West, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and New England Weeds Authority.

This free event is supported by Local Land Services, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Small Grants for Rural Communities program and Achema Insurance.

Fit Farmers. Thursday 12th September 2019, 10:30am –1:00pm, Tattersalls Hotel, Moore St, Emmaville.

Please RSVP to GLENRAC by 10th September by phone: 02 6732 3443, or email: kylie@glenrac.org.au

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