Blayney to host drought forum

From high profile private fund raising efforts through to non-government organisations and the three tiers of government, the amount of information, help and services available for those suffering from the drought can be bewildering.

To help everyone from large landholders through to small businesses wade through the services, a forum is to be held in Blayney on Saturday February 29 at the Blayney Community Centre.

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Chair of the Orange branch of NSW Farmers and Blayney councillor Bruce Reynolds said the Regional Drought Resilience and Recovery Information Forum would cover nearly every possible aspect of the current drought, from climate forecasts to mental health and weed management.

'We saw that there was a need to get information out about current support programs and forecasts that are available, as well as helping those that are either self-assessing or not assessing at all when it came to the short-term financial grants that they can access,' he said.

"We'll also have support from the Rural Assistance Authority and the Regional Investment Corporation."

The forum won't only cover the assistance packages available, but will also give timely advice if the forecast for a wet autumn comes to pass.

"We'll also be bringing some practical information regarding livestock and pasture management, cropping and also weed management throughout the day," Mr Reynolds said.

"The forum will run from 9am to 4.30pm and there will be speeches, catering from community groups as well as one-on-one consultations."