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Coaching communities

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A coaching program targeting communities where ongoing water issues remain at the crux of frustrations will be held in Deniliquin later this month.

It is being coordinated by the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation, which consists of councils throughout the district.

RAMJO chair Kevin Mack said the organisation has partnered with a private coaching company, Team Resilience, to create a Community Coaching Program designed to coach community members into getting the best out of difficult situations and creating a clear life path during times of uncertainty.

‘‘People in this region continue to fight day in and day out against the drought, against the water trading market and against the impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,’’ Cr Mack said.

‘‘We recognise that individuals in these communities feel like they’ve exhausted all opportunities and are looking to focus their energy on solutions and a way forward.’’

The program will focus on individual coaching of each attendee to design a roadmap for their individual circumstance, whether it relate to water, finance, farming, health, relationships or a combination of these.

The program will be held over two days, and is free thanks to an Empowering Our Communities grant from the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

‘‘We want to see as many people there as possible,’’ Cr Mack said.

‘‘This program will help people take control of their future and feel empowered to make the right decisions.’’

The first stage of the Community Coaching Program will be on November 21 and 22, with a second component following in early 2020.

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