Bushfire Funding to Prepare Local Farming and Community Businesses for Future Disaster Events

01st May 2020

A range of free farming and local business disaster preparedness workshops are rolling out to the business people of Glen Innes this year to strengthen the community against future disaster events, such as drought, bushfire, and most recently, infectious disease outbreaks.

Funded by the NSW Government’s Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund, and supported by the Glen Innes Severn Council, Business In Glen, Glen Innes Highlands Visitors Association and GLENRAC, the series of events will provide businesses with knowledge and tools to implement strategies that will not only assist them in adapting their businesses to withstand future climate-related challenges, but ensure the company thrives in the long term. 

“Preparing our communities and farmers for future catastrophic weather events is what our region and the rest of the world needs to focus on,” said Mayor, Carol Sparks. “The more techniques and knowledge we can gain, the better we will be able adapt our businesses to the challenges of climate change.” 

Facilitated by the team at GLENRAC, the workshops will be delivered by leading Australian industry professionals, and topics will include finance, goal planning, business recovery strategies, continuity planning and risk mitigation. 

The farming business stream of the project, Improving Farm Business Skills (which is held online every Thursday from 1:00pm-2:00pm) began last week, with 58 people registering to hear from Carmen Quade – the Director of Agribusiness training and communications agency, AgriFocused – as she discussed business finance basics, negotiating interest rates, gearing and equity.

GLENRAC are in the process of surveying local businesses to ensure the second stream of the project is tailor-made to suit the needs of the Glen Innes community. 

“Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, these workshops have launched as a series of online webinars – a new avenue for GLENRAC, but a platform which we expect to utilise more regularly heading into the future and beyond isolation,” said GLENRAC Chief Executive Officer, Kylie Falconer. 

“The great thing about these events taking place online is that we can engage industry professionals who we may not otherwise have been able to access, and people are able to log onto the webinars from the comfort of their own homes. Even better, if they are unable to tune in at the time of the event, so long as they have registered with GLENRAC beforehand, a recording of the workshop will be emailed to them to watch at a time that suits,” said Falconer.

“Glen Innes Severn Council is pleased to be partnering with GLENRAC to deliver a series of Community & Small Business Disaster Preparedness webinars,” said Graham Price, Glen Innes Severn Council’s Director of Development, Planning and Regulatory Services. 

“With over 1000 members, GLENRAC has a very strong track record of delivering high quality projects on time and within budget. Council is encouraging primary producers to participate in these free weekly online training webinars aimed at improving farm business skills.”

For more information about the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund or to register for an event, contact GLENRAC on 02 6732 3443 or visit www.glenrac.org.au/events. 

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