Community College Northern Inland offers Free courses to drought affected farming families and business owners

October 13, 2018

The Community College Northern Inland Inc. is a community adult and education provider in North West NSW. The Board of Management and staff wanted to use their expertise and contacts to assist locals and have created forty free of charge hobby and leisure classes and also weekly 1:1 support appointments for farmers who are trying to apply for drought assistance.

These classes are offered in Barraba, Bingara, Inverell, Tingha, Ashford, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Maules Creek, Rowena, Burren Junction, and Warialda.

Executive Officer Alison Heagney said “Many of our board of management, staff and students are directly affected by the drought and I see first-hand the toll it is taking. “So, through successful lobbying we have gained some funding to assist farmers with their applications for drought assistance. This is a private tutorial session where the farmer can use our computers, printers and scanners to access the drought support available”.

Forty hobby and leisure classes are being paid for by the college funds and some trainers are donating their time. These classes are for farmers and business owners that are affected by drought. “I have heard great reports from classes that have already run such as the Chalk Painting workshop at Barraba run in PolkaDots Café. People have really enjoyed the day out and learning a new past time,” Ms Heagney said.

To book a class, visit www.communitycollegeni.nsw.edu.au/the-best-things-in-life-are-free. Choose from mental health and general wellbeing workshops, green and healthy gardening, craft, leatherwork, jewellery-making, cooking, our popular DIY series and classes recommended especially for the men!

You’ll find a list of classes taking place in Bingara and Warialda in the Public Notices section of today’s paper. For more information, call Tina in Bingara, on (02) 6724 1965 or Lesley in Warialda on (02) 6729 1487.