Rural Aid's year of renewal vision to prosper country SA towns

RENEWAL: Rural Aid aims to help catapult country SA towns into the next chapter following unprecedented times. Photo: Shutterstock
RENEWAL: Rural Aid aims to help catapult country SA towns into the next chapter following unprecedented times. Photo: Shutterstock

Free webinars to help South Australian rural towns prosper amid ongoing hard times is among a handful of solutions being offered by a leading Australian rural charity.

The support is provided through Rural Aid under their 2021 'Year of Renewal' vision.

Chiefly, the charity provides critical support including water, fodder (hay), financial and counselling assistance to Aussie farmers.

This year they aim to lift spirits even higher, through 'Our Towns' community makeover projects and via a new round of the Community Builders program.

According to chief executive officer John Warlters, improving seasonal conditions across the state has brought fresh hope to many Aussie farmers.

"...it has been wonderful to see the transformation from [the] debilitating drought...With it has come renewed hope for the year ahead," he said.

"For those farmers that have enjoyed a break in the season the focus is slowly switching from survival to recovery.

Yet Mr Warlters acknowledged that the drought and bushfires continue to leave their mark on the landscape.

"It will take time and more than one good year but recovery and renewal are increasingly the focus," he said.

This February Rural Aid offers a free Community Builders webinar series featuring community leaders who have cracked the code of reinventing their small town through a new attraction, bright idea, or maximizing an untapped resource.

"The weekly webinars are a must for anyone looking for the best way to catapult their country town into its next chapter," Mr Warlters urged.

The Community Builders kicks off on Thursday, February 11 featuring real-life stories of success from Gascoyne Junction and Norseman in Western Australia.

The webinars form an integral part of the charity's Stronger Futures program, which helps support and strengthen rural communities.

Additional programs in Rural Aid's Year of Renewal vision will be highlighted over the coming weeks.

For more information about the Community Builders program visit www.ruralaid.org.au.

This story Rural vision seeks to renew SA towns first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.