Rural Resilience Program

Listen, learn and link to create opportunities for farming communities

The Rural Resilience Program (PDF, 349.81 KB) defines resilience as a 'process' rather than an outcome or personality trait and acknowledges that levels of resilience among farmers and their families can be impacted by adverse events.

The team works proactively in partnership with farming communities and service providers across NSW to strengthen networks, exchange information and deliver relevant initiatives that build personal and business resilience skills and knowledge, enabling people to move forward in a positive direction.

RRP conducted a statewide Drought Preparedness Survey in 2015. See the summary of results (PDF, 194.78 KB).

2016-2017 RRP Team Report Card (PDF, 131.58 KB)

The July 2014 - June 2015 annual RRP report card (PDF, 951.31 KB) creates a benchmark for measuring the impact of the program into the future.

Create a positive future for your family farming business

This workshop will help you identify barriers to a fulfilling and profitable farm family business. You will learn about the types of barriers, how they impact on family wellbeing and business performance and identify your own strengths and weaknesses.

Topics include:

  • Stop, look and listen. Be aware of sneaky social barriers.
  • Good family communication – think before you speak.
  • What’s your business plan – core farm management elements.
  • Identify your business acumen.
  • Leadership, balance and setting a new ‘DNA’ for your family.

Find out about a two-day, face-to-face workshop run by NSW DPI designed for all rural women who want to:

  • have some time out;
  • set personal and business goals to move forward;
  • grow a network of women;
  • boost self-confidence;
  • manage relationship and communication challenges; and
  • learn new skills in a fun, relaxed, supportive environment.

Contact details of services available that provide support for dairy farmers.

Contact details of services available that provide support for pork producers.



Rural Resilience Officer



Coordinator (based in the Hunter at Tocal)

Liane Corocher

0427 188 643

Mid to North Coast (based at Coffs Harbour)Jen Haberecht0400 160
North West (based at Walgett)Robyn Walters0438 082
Riverina (based at Hay)Danny Byrnes0400 374
Southern NSW (based at Goulburn)Ted O'Kane0427 781 514ted.o'
Western Region (based at Cobar)Ellen Day0427 639


Rural Support Worker



Lower Hunter & Manning (based at Taree)Peter Brown0437 671
Sir Ivan fire recovery support (based at Coonabarabran)Sue Freebairn0429 212
Sir Ivan fire recovery support (based at Scone)Caroline Hayes

0407 971 675