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Farm kids standing guard against bushfire, pests, drought and flood.

The challenges farming families face when dealing with the impacts of bushfire, pests, drought and flood have an enormous effect on our rural communities.

In these times it is our children who can feel like they are uninformed and unheard.
The ‘Farm Force’ program provides our kids from the Hunter region a chance to have a voice.

It will see the creation of a series of books addressing these issues that are written and illustrated by local kids, to be used as a resource for the local community.

Hunter LLS Community Engagement Officer Daniel Trudgeon said the first of the book series will focus on local experiences of the 2019/2020 bushfire season.

“Last summer’s bushfires were the most severe on record as they affected so many parts of our region and across NSW,” said Daniel.

“We want rural kids to reflect on past experiences, learn about the importance of good bushfire preparedness and recognise how communities come together to support each other in times of crisis.”

“This will make them a ‘force’ to be reckoned with as they are better equipped to help their families prepare for future events.”

Please visit the Farm Force webpage and click on Bushfire Battlers to discover more information on how to be involved.

Entries are open now, and will be accepted until 31 October.

The next three series will focus on Flood Fighters, Drought Defenders and Pest Patrollers.

This program is supported by Hunter Local Land Services, Hunter Region Landcare Network and Mid Coast 2 Tops Landcare Connection.

For more information, please contact Community Engagement Officer Daniel Trudgeon on: Phone: 0419 436 185 Email:



MEDIA RELEASE: prepared by Hunter Local Land Services