The new Drought Relief Officer for the Parkes Shire region is Roger Kitson. He was welcomed by the Parkes Shire
Council, in partnership with Neighbourhood Central, this week.
The role, created under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program Extension, will support the implementation of the NSW Drought Strategy, and to coordinate and disseminate information regarding government and non-government services and initiatives available to affected residents.
Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Roger holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in sustainability and geography, and has completed further training in agribusiness, value chains and consumers in global food systems.
“I look forward to working as a collective with everyone involved to provide the necessary support and a co-ordinated approach to assist farmers and businesses affected by the devastating impacts of the drought.”
Roger comes from a family with a strong connection to the agricultural sector who have been farming for many generations across a range of agricultural industries including grain, cotton, cattle and sheep as well as dairy.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said: “We are delighted to welcome Roger to the Parkes Shire to assist in the collation and coordination of all available support avenues that our drought affected residents can access. While the Shire has experienced a number of heavy rainfall events in recent weeks, the prolonged dry period continues to impact our community.”
Roger will be based at Neighbourhood Central, 80 – 82 Currajong Street in Parkes, Monday to Friday. Residents and business operators wishing to speak with Roger about the various support programs available can contact 02 6862 3757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about drought relief, visit www.parkes.nsw.gov.au/drought-relief