Free Webinars Help Local Farmers, Local Businesses and Community Groups Prepare for Future Disaster Events

30th Jul 2020

A range of free online disaster preparedness workshops are rolling out to the people of Glen Innes this year to strengthen the community against future disaster events – whether it be drought, bushfire or infectious disease outbreaks.

Funded by the NSW Government’s Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund (BCRERF), and supported by the Glen Innes Severn Council, Business In Glen, Glen Innes Highlands Visitors Association and GLENRAC, the series of webinars – Improving Farm Business SkillsImproving Local Business Skills and Strengthening Community Group Skills – are providing farmers, local businesses and community groups with knowledge and tools to implement strategies that will assist them in adapting to future climate-related challenges and ensure their business or group 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 right now,” 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.”

Tailor designed for businesses and groups in the Glen Innes region, the webinars are facilitated by the team at GLENRAC and headlined by Australian industry professionals across a range of topics including finance, goal planning, succession, technology, meeting management, recovery strategies, WHS, continuity planning and risk mitigation. 

Already, the response to the BCRERF events has been overwhelmingly positive – more than 117 people attended a recent Farm Business workshop about family succession planning, and more than 900 people have registered across the webinar events.

“We are delighted by the engagement of community with the disaster preparedness events,” said GLENRAC Chief Executive Officer, Kylie Falconer. “Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we launched this series as online webinars – a new avenue for GLENRAC, but a platform which we expect to utilise more regularly heading into the future given how successful these workshops have proven to be. 

“The great thing about these events taking place online is that GLENRAC can engage industry professionals who we may not otherwise have been able to access, such as Roma-based bookkeeper Rachel Nixon who has delivered a number of webinars around record keeping strategies, and Goondiwindi-based Julia Spicer from Engage and Create Consulting who has been hosting our Local Business and Community Group Skills streams. 

“The easy accessibility of the online format is also a huge advantage,” continued Falconer. “Once you are registered,  attendees are able to log onto the webinars from the comfort of their own homes at the time the event is on, or by watching a recording of the webinar that has been emailed to them after the event at a time that suits them.” 

Improving Farm Business Skills webinars broadcast every Thursday from 1:00pm-2:00pm, Improving Local Business Skills webinars broadcast every Tuesday from 9:30am-10:30am and Strengthening Community Group Skills webinars broadcast every second Wednesday evening from 7:00pm-8:30pm.  

To find out more information about these events or to register to attend, visit or call the GLENRAC office on 02 6732 3443.

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