The Empowering our Communities program offers support to people and communities struggling with drought.

WNSW PHN is dedicated to supporting wellbeing initiatives through the Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief grant program.

Grant funding

Round 1 of the Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief grant program is now closed.

Round 2 will be announced shortly.

The Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief grants fund wellbeing initiatives, upskill workers in the delivery of mental health services and provide information and training to community leaders and members. 

The eligibility criteria will be based in an area identified as a drought-affected area within Western NSWPHN region.

  • funding to support community-initiated events and activities in their local areas to promote wellbeing and raise awareness about issues such as managing stress and anxiety and preventing suicide
  • promoting access and self-referral to early intervention mental health services and resources
  • providing resources and other support to enhance the engagement of the paid and voluntary workforce supporting impacted communities

 The type of activities that will be funded are:

  • community health and wellbeing events
  • providing opportunities for paid and voluntary workforces to upskill in delivering wellbeing services to drought-affected communities
  • community education sessions on promoting mental health, self care in periods of adversity and supporting
  • sustaining of local business
  • funds can be used for resources to support proposed activities up to a value of $3000 per item

Successful Recipients of Round One Funding

Mission Australia – Connections – The Connections program is helping reduce loneliness and isolation in Far West NSW.

Rural and Remote Mental Health – Rural Minds Roadshow is a mental health program designed for people living and working in rural Australia, by people living and working in rural Australia.

NALAG – Blue Healers (Bourke and Nyngan) – The Blue Healers program assists people who are experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress, by teaching participants coping strategies to enhance their wellbeing.

Walgett Shire Council – Busting the Dust – Council opened the gates of community pools in Walgett. Collarenebri and Lightening Ridge to the public free of charge in a free event

North West Plains Sustainability Group – Connecting Gardens in the Drought – a visit and talk from Gardening Australia’s Jerry Coleby-Williams on regaining your garden during drought.

Condobolin Sports Club – Cocktails and Canapes – Condobolin Sports Club will throw open its doors to the public on Easter Saturday, April 20 for a free Cocktails and Canapes night. It is a chance to get people off the farm and give them a great night out.

Central West Farming Systems Women and Youth in Agriculture Conference 2019 - Resilience and Renewal – Every three years, CWFS hosts women and young people from across Western NSW at its Condobolin headquarters.

Brewarrina Shire Council – ‘We’re all in this together’ – Council will host a series of outdoor film nights to help build resilience and connect community, as the region struggles with severe drought.

CWA Condobolin – Women’s Wellness Expo – The Women’s Wellness Expo is returning to Condobolin. More than 250 women are expected to attend the event.

Menindee Enterprise Park - Central Darling Wellbeing – The Menindee Enterprise Park is hoping park run will be one of several new wellbeing initiatives Central Darling communities will embrace as a families and individuals struggle through a bitter drought.

2357 Partnerships Inc – Bugaldie Bounce Back – Exercise the whole family can enjoy is the object of the Bugaldie Bounce Back and will encourage farmers and their families to think about their wellbeing and health, while still having fun.

Marthaguy Picnic Race Club – Community luncheon, fun day and Picnic Race Day – Marthaguy Picnic Race Club will come alive for a race day and community luncheon on May 11.

CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes – Community Fun Days – Families will enjoy a night out under the stars at a series of four community events in the state’s west.

Brewarrina Aboriginal Corporation – Riverbank Coffee Bar – Planning has started on a new Riverbank Coffee Bar for Brewarrina. The coffee bar is set to be built at the existing Brewarrina Aboriginal Culture Museum.

Quambone Polocrosse Club Inc – District Sporting Day – Summer and winter sports will be contested at Quambone Polocrosse Club on Easter Sunday.

Lifeline Broken Hill – We’ve got your back – Lifeline Broken Hill is partnering with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as part of a new pilot program targeting the mental health of primary producers living in drought-affected areas.

Western Landcare (Bourke) – Junk to Art workshops – Western Landcare are hosting a series of Junk to Art workshops in Bourke.

Royal Flying Doctor Service – Weekend Wellbeing (Louth) – Residents of the north-west are invited to a weekend of wellbeing at Rose Isle Station near Louth.

Coonamble Chamber of Commerce – Drought but not out – this program aims to provide practical support for business dealing with the fallout of the ongoing dry.

Australian Red Cross - three programs Pillow Case Project - emergency preparedness education program for 9 and 10 year olds to help students understand and discuss issues with parents, Save-a-Mate alcohol and other drugs education program 12-25 year old to help them recognise and respond to AOD emergencies through a harm reduction framework workshop and Talk out Loud - increase awareness of mental illness and reduce stigma.

Royal Flying Doctor Service - delivering the Gulargambone Community Aquaponics Project to Gilgandra, Dubbo and Coonamble. 

Muurdi Paaki Regional Rugby League Club - Mental Fitness High School Education Sessions, Community Engagement and Dinners to be held in Barwon Darling region and Outback Far West.

More Information

Beth Mills

Project Officer - Community Wellbeing
Phone: (02) 5317 1269
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