I’ve just completed a truly enlightening trip to Western NSW. A four hour delay out of Sydney airport was a forerunner to weather conditions across Western NSW as strong winds reduced Sydney Airport’s capacity to one runway. I was travelling to Dubbo to attend the the Western Support Network Meeting. The group consists of government and non-government rural support agencies discussing issues and ongoing programs assisting communities and farmers in Western NSW through the drought. It was a great opportunity to share Connecting Community Australia’s programs to support rural and remote communities.
In the afternoon I travelled with James Cleaver from the DPI out through Nyngan towards Girilambone. Strong westerly winds were driving a dust storm across the region. These conditions were really concerning forerunner to summer. That night we stayed with a farming family discussing the drought and the measures farmers are taking to manage the situation. Like everyone they have real concerns if there aren’t any summer rains.
Today was really inspiring as we visited the Gilargambone and Marra Public Schools. Marra holds the honour of being the most isolated school in NSW. I shared with them CCA’s volunteer program to assist these schools. It includes improved facilities, painting, gardening and the building of a bike pump track for the kids. The program ends with an event involving the whole community.
The staff at these schools are truly inspirational and innovative in providing excellent learning environments for their children. CCA is now seeking funding to run these programs.