2021- Rural Aid’s year of renewal

Australia’s best known rural charity, Rural Aid, has proclaimed 2021 as the “year of renewal”. 

Improving seasonal conditions across large parts of Australia have brought fresh hope for farmers, many of whom, are now experiencing their first year in recent memory without drought crippling their operations.  

CEO of Rural Aid, John Warlters, said it has been wonderful to see the transformation from debilitating drought to much of the country now resembling a sea of green. With it has come renewed hope for the year ahead. 

“For those farmers that have enjoyed a break in the season the focus is slowly switching from survival to recovery. The slow rebuild of herds and balance sheets is underway. It will take time and more than one good year but recovery and renewal are increasingly the focus,” Mr Warlters said. 

“For others who haven’t been as fortunate, especially in drought declared Queensland shires, we hope their break isn’t far away.” 

This year, Rural Aid will help lift spirits even higher, through its Our Towns community makeover projects, and via the continued financial and fodder assistance it provides to registered farmers and their families, and with a new round of the Community Builders program.  

The free Community Builders webinar series features community leaders who’ve cracked the code of reinventing their small town through a new attraction, bright idea, or maximizing an untapped resource. 

Mr Warlters said: “The weekly webinars are a must for anyone looking for the best way to catapult their country town into its next chapter.” 

Community Builders kicks off on February 11 featuring real-life stories of success from Norseman in Western Australia. 

The webinars are an integral part of the Stronger Futures program, which helps support and strengthen rural communities.  

More information can be found at www.ruralaid.org.au

Additional programs in Rural Aid’s Year of Renewal vision will be highlighted over coming weeks.  

For interviews or information, contact Rural Aid Media on 0447 116 757 | media@ruralaid.org.au