Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries has announced that the NSW Government will hold a series of free business resilience workshops across Far West NSW to offer advice and support to business owners and farmers on business health, mental health and financial planning.

“The workshops will address challenges faced by businesses in the Far West including agricultural businesses affected by drought, with support of the Department of Primary Industries Rural Resilience Program, RUOK and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“Running a business including a farm can be hugely rewarding but for many people having sole responsibility for their company’s success can be very challenging particularly during tough periods like the current drought.

“This fantastic program will offer Far West business owners, including farmers, professional advice and support on keeping their businesses healthy, maintaining good mental health for their staff, and financial advice,” Kevin Humphries said.

Kevin Humphries said workshops will be held in Tibooburra, Nundooka Station at Packsaddle, Cobar, Tilpa, Menindee and White Cliffs as well as other locations in the region. (See attached).

“These business resilience workshops will include practical sessions on business planning, managing staff and succession planning as well as a seminar on how to deal with stress and identify warning signs of potential mental health issues.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro said workshop attendees would also be able to book one-on-one discussions with business advisors and mental health providers after the workshops to get further assistance.

“While it is tempting for business owners to focus all their attention on their business it’s essential they take good care of themselves and their staff.

“As an employer or sole trader, you can face many challenges so knowing how to identify and manage stress to maintain your health is very important.

“I encourage Far West business owners and farmers to attend these events which will finish with community barbecues bringing business communities together,” Mr Barilaro said.

Representatives from The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Australian Hearing, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Western NSW Primary Health Network and the Far West Community Legal Centre will also take part in the workshops.

For further information and to book to attend a workshop visit

Tibooburra, Main Street event 16 September from 1pm
Tibooburra, one on one meetings 17 September from 9am to 5pm
Packsaddle, Nundooka Station, 18 September from noon
Cobar, Main Street 20 September from noon
Tilpa, 1 Darling Street 22 September from noon
Wentworth, Coomealla Club24 September from noon
Menindee, Health Centre in Perry Street 26 September from noon
Pooncarie, 9 Tarcoola Street 13 October from noon
White Cliffs, Community Centre/Village Hall 20 October from noon