All Council areas in RAMJO have been declared as “drought affected”. This means that individuals, farms and businesses who are experiencing hardship may be able to access support packages, such as the Farm Household Allowance (FHA).
FHA is not only an opportunity to assist individuals and families, but it is also an opportunity to inject funds back into your local community, and to support local businesses and jobs. For more information, please visit one of the sites below:
Climate and Emergencies
Farm Household Allowance
n response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.
Fee-free courses are currently offered in:
- Develop administration skills
- Enhance your digital impact
- Grow health and medical knowledge
- Improve leadership performance
- Practical business skills
The course list is updated often. Eligibility criteria apply and enrolments are limited to a maximum of two courses per person.
To enrol, or for more information, please contact your local TAFE NSW on 131 601, or visit tafensw.edu.au
In response to the bushfire tragedy in the north and south of the state, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free short courses tailored to providing the skills needed to help rebuild devastated communities.
This training is fully subsidised by the NSW Government. Eligibility criteria apply. New fee-free Bushfire Relief courses will be added over the coming weeks.
The TAFE NSW site
has more information on current courses offered, or call the customer support team on 131 601.
Charles Sturt University has announced 14 graduate certificate courses (six in Information Technology, eight in Education) currently offered at a significantly reduced cost to eligible workers impacted by COVID-19.
These courses have been given a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) option when applying, where the course fees have been subsidised with support from the Government Higher Education Relief Short Courses Package.
Corowa Distilling Co. is now making and distributing hand sanitiser to meet increasing demand from the COVID-19 crisis.
The company diversified into hand sanitiser production to help prevent the spread of the virus and keeps its staff employed after public health orders forced the closure of the cafe and cancellation of functions. It took two weeks to get the ingredients and one week to modify the production line. It also meant the company was able to keep on most if its staff.
The Special Edition hand sanitiser is not available online but can be purchased from the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory retail store. It is available in 500ml whisky bottles or 5 and 20L drums. The flyer
has more information, including contact details.
During 2020 Murray Regional Tourism will be rolling out a comprehensive industry development program to support its industry partners through all stages of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency and recovery.
As part of the program, a webinar series will provide you with tips to communicate with your customers in the hibernation and reactivation phases and help you re-set, re-start and re-store your business.
Webinar 1, "Re-set: What communication should you be doing in the 'hibernation' crisis phase?", was held on 3 May but you can view the presentation slides on the Murray Regional Tourism site
Webinar 2, :Re-start: What communication should be put in place for domestic travel?", will be held on 20 May 2020.
Webinar 3, "Re-store: What will marketing post COVID-19 look like?" will be on 3 June 2020.
With the easing of restrictions the NSW Government and Safe Work Australia are continually updating their advice to businesses.
Businesses should be referred to Safe Work NSW in the first instance, with NSW consistent with federal advice 95% of the time.
Safe Work Australia
has produced a guide
on how to determine what is 'reasonably practical' for business to meet a health and safety duty and its site
has guidance for a number of industries including aged care, agriculture, food processing and manufacturing, hospitality, retail, road freight and trades.
You Got This Mate is a dedicated website for rural men (young, old and everyone in between) which provides action-focussed tips and information to help men reach their best possible mental health.
The site has been designed in close consultation with Rural Advisory Mental Health Program’s (RAMHP) Rural Men’s Resource Advisory Group.
Key features of You Got This Mate include:
- lived experience videos;
- an interactive quiz;
- self-help information and commonly asked questions and answers;
- links to online help and telephone services;
- information about seeking professional help;
- information about helping others, and helping someone at risk of suicide; and
- information about RAMHP including the RAMHP Coordinator postcode locator map.
If you are having a tough time and need to talk to someone right now call:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
These are all confidential and available 24/7.