Rural Resilience Program

Listen, learn and link to create opportunities for farming communities

The Rural Resilience Program (PDF, 248.8 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.


Pip Job, Senior Project Manager with NSW DPI discusses techniques to become effective communicators that improve family communication. She includes lots of practical tips and strategies to manage difficult conversations which often occur in a family business. This engaging video was filmed at a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update, Parkes in 2017.


Rural Resilience Officer




Caroline Hayes
Rural Resilience Program Coordinator

0407 971 675

Mid to North Coast
(based at Coffs Harbour)
Jen Haberecht 0400 160 287
Southern NSW
(based at Goulburn)
Ted O'Kane 0427 781 514 ted.o'
(based at Hay)
Danny Byrnes 0400 374 258
Western Region
(based at Broken Hill)
Ellen Day 0427 639 761
North West
(based at Coonamble)
Amanda Glasson 0438 082 731


Liane Corocher
Special projects

0427 188 643


Rural Support Worker



Coonabarabran Sue Freebairn
Recovery Worker, Sir Ivan Fire
0429 212 368
Lower Hunter & Manning (based at Taree) Peter Brown 0437 671 459
Upper Hunter
(based at Scone) 
Linda Russell 0427 916 433