Community resilience is being tested by this unprecedented drought and a grant of $1 million will help to inject a stimulus to the Gunnedah economy, NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson says.

Mr Anderson said the Nationals in Government grant was part of a three-pronged approach by State, Federal and Local Governments to fund $1 million each for a Community Resilience Program that aims to support businesses, farmers and the community in what is a critical time for the area.

“Supporting the regions in drought has required many approaches and every farm and small business has their own unique problems. There is no one silver bullet to sorting this and other drought concerns,” Mr Anderson said.

“Resilience is the one shared problem facing our community and I am committed to help find solutions to the current crisis facing our rural and regional people.

“I want to congratulate the Gunnedah Shire Council, Mayor Jamie Chaffey and his team for not only making a commitment of $1 million, but taking a lead in an important part of everyday life.”

“The impact of the drought and the bushfires impacts negatively not only local economies but the emotional wellbeing of these communities.”

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson

Australian agriculture aims to be the next $100 billion industry by 2030 and regional towns all have a role to play in hitting this target, which is why the Nationals in Government are making these commitments.