Building drought resilience in Brewarrina and beyond


Emma Fessey wants to share the benefits of the Drought Resilience Leaders’ program with her city and country communities. Photo supplied

Twenty-five-year-old Emma Fessey of Brewarrina is one of the participants in the Drought Resilience Leaders’ program and is excited about the program commencing early next year.

Emma grew up on “Bullabelalie” station in Brewarrina Shire, attended primary school through Bourke School of Distance Education, then completed her high school years at boarding school at Loreto, Normanhurst. She studied Food and Agribusiness at Sydney University and says agriculture has always been in her blood.

Working the market operations at AuctionsPlus in Sydney, Emma says despite living in Sydney, her life is still steeped in agriculture, and she is very eager for the program to start.

“I have so many personal goals I want to achieve from the program. I want to use it to benefit my own life, as well as my home community, but also to help equip our city partners to know how they can help in drought.

“I want to improve my experiences and knowledge on drought, and then share that with others, so that we cope better and build resilience moving forward.

“Drought is something that will never go away. It is something that we always expect. It is either looming over our heads or is just around the corner.


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