Rural Resilience Program

Who are we?

Host a community event with financial support from the Drought Resilience Fund - find out more about the Drought Resilience FundRRP staff standing out the front of their office

The Rural Resilience Program builds stronger primary industries by co- designing new products and services that support and enhance the growth of farming businesses. The Rural Resilience team listens to the needs of primary producers, learns about services and programs that could assist and links farmers with the most appropriate services, programs and information.

The Rural Resilience Program defines resilience as a process rather than an outcome, whereby we continue to move forward and achieve our goals despite being impacted by adversity.

The Rural Resilience Team supports primary producers by;

  • Connecting with primary producers in local areas to understand needs
  • Supporting Rural Service Support Networks and working with service providers to understand assistance and programs available
  • Assisting farmers to prepare for, and recover from, adverse events such as drought, floods and bushfires.
  • Supporting and strengthening farming networks
  • Facilitating capacity building activities such as workshops and informal events to support farmers to develop skills and adapt to change. Workshops include ‘Restore’ and ‘TUFF’.
  • Developing resources and information to manage healthy farming businesses

Contact the team today.

Contact  the Rural Resilience Team


Team Member




Grace Murray

0439 531 107

Broken Hill

Ellen Day

0427 639 761

Coffs Harbour

Currently vacant




Sue Freebairn

0429 212 368


Amanda Glasson

0438 082 731


Currently vacant




Ted O'Kane

0427 781 514


Danny Byrnes

0400 374 258


Ray Weinert

0447 634 507

Tocal (Co-ordinator)

Shannon McCormack

0419 281 199

RRP staff standing out the front of their office


When you register for a SOFT workshop, you will be invited to attend a free, two-day, face-to-face workshop designed for women, by women.

You will get:

  • Time out from the day to day routine at home or on the farm;
  • Opportunities to set personal and business goals;
  • A new network of like-minded women;
  • A self-confidence boost;
  • Challenges to how you manage relationships and communication; and
  • New skills in a fun, relaxed, supportive environment.


“This has been the most empowering two days of my life’

“An absolute must for self-discovery”

“I recommend SOFT to everyone”

To register your interest or to request a course in your area, contact the team at

All too often we talk to farmers who are so busy tending to their business that they don’t make the time to look after themselves.

When you attend The TUFF workshop, you take time out from the daily grind, and given the space to take a wider angle view of your life. Check in on how you are going with your business, with your family and friends and most importantly, with yourself.

TUFF is a free course, designed by men, for men, and over two days you will get:

  • Opportunities to speak your mind without judgement
  • Assess the road you are travelling on and make any adjustments if you are getting off-track
  • Focus on important business skills such as constructive communication, sound decision making and conflict resolution
  • Learn about different personality types and learning styles and get some tips and tricks for managing these different styles in your life
  • Strategies on reducing stress and clearing your mind
  • New friendships with a supportive network or like-minded people


“It’s changed my way of thinking - it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”

To register your interest or to request a course in your area, contact the team at

The Positive Farming Footprints workshop is an opportunity to build a more positive future.

Over one day, this free course will focus on breaking down the barriers to a fulfilling and profitable farm family business. You will identify:

  • Barriers to success
  • Impacts on family wellbeing and business performance
  • Your own strengths and weaknesses.


“I didn’t know there was so many things to think about in a farm business. I can see where in the business we need to focus on and make stronger”

PFF Participant, February 2018

To register your interest or to request a course in your area, contact the team at