GLENRAC Welcomes Full-Time Drought Support Officer
The Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee (GLENRAC) have successfully attained $100,000 of drought support funding through an extension of the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme (DCP). The funding, which has been distributed to GLENRAC via the Glen Innes Severn Council, has been used to employ Kyle Holliss as a full-time Drought Support Officer for the remainder of the year.
Kyle, who is the eldest son of Pinkett landholders, Tony and Barbara Holliss, has recently returned to Glen Innes with his young family. During his time away, Kyle worked as a communications specialist for the Australian Defence Force, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the Special Operations Task Group, and as a manager of the implementation of driverless truck fleets, industrial scale wireless networks and R&D Ag technology systems.
“It’s great to be back in Glen Innes after so many years away,” said Kyle. “Even though we’ve seen a great change in season in many parts of the area, the financial and emotional pressures of drought are far from over. I’m really looking forward to supporting landholders and the wider community as they navigate the tricky months ahead.”
As part of his role as Drought Support Officer, Kyle will work closely with landholders, businesses, community groups and members to provide assistance with drought forms and applications, financial support and accessing further resources, such as referrals to wellbeing services.
Kyle will also co-ordinate a number of free Smoko events across the smaller towns and villages in the region to ensure face-to-face support is reaching all in need. In the past, these events have run in areas including Glen Elgin, Aqua Park, Emmaville, Wellingrove, Torrington, Pinkett and Dundee, and featured presenters from the Rural Financial Counselling Service, the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, New England Weeds Authority, Rural Crime, Hunter New England Health, Stringybark Ecological, as well as pest animal consultants.
Kyle’s position will build upon GLENRAC’s important role as a drought support service in the Glen Innes community. Since 2019, the natural resources organisation has supported more than 2,500 people through drought support events, workshops, allocation of donations and face-to-face meetings.
To find out more information about the DCP or to make an appointment with the Drought Support Officer, contact the GLENRAC office on 02 6732 3442 or drop in to 68 Church St, Glen Innes.