Drought conditions have re-intensified across much of NSW, despite isolated rainfall throughout November, according to the latest statistics from The NSW Department of Primary Industries*. With conditions only predicted to worsen as we head into summer, a group of eight Hunter-based organisations have collaborated for the first time, committing $112,500 to assist the region’s farming community.
The group, under the name of the Hunter Corporate Collaborative (HCC), will work in partnership to provide support and services assisting those most affected by drought conditions in the Upper Hunter local government areas of Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Merriwa and Murrurundi.
Organisations involved include Beyond Bank Australia Foundation, Glencore Coal Assets Australia Pty Ltd, Greater Charitable Foundation, Hunter Water, nib foundation, NFP Connect, Port Waratah Coal Services and Sparke Helmore Lawyers.
This initiative was made possible through NFP Connect , an organisation with a vision to help bring together local charities and businesses and build mutually beneficial partnership to help grow our community.
Grace McLean, CEO and Founder of NFP Connect, says the unique initiative brings together different industry sectors to assist those in need across the Hunter Region.
“For the most part, we all benefit from the land and it is our farming community that works hard to deliver the produce we are at times guilty of taking for granted. Over 80% of NSW is still very much impacted by drought and struggles to access a basic need like water. These farmers are still recovering from the last drought, statistics say it takes nearly three years to recover from a drought. I’m so proud to see such an influential group of corporates coming together,” said Ms McLean.
“As individual organisations they all work to support the communities in which they operate. However collectively as a group with a focus on a sustainable program to help in the recovery process for those in the Upper Hunter the long term impact this will have on the lives of those in need is far greater.”
Further information on how the committed funds will be allocated to provide the most beneficial support and emergency relief to farmers will be shared in the coming months.
* NSW Department of Primary Industries - https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub/information-and-resources/seasonal-conditions/ssu/november-2018