Jock Laurie to lead drought emergency response

Jock Laurie
Jock Laurie

JOCK Laurie is a well known name in the rural sector and in agripolitics and now he is the NSW drought coordinator. 

The NSW government has announced that he will lead the second phase of the government’s emergency drought response. 

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said that despite some good rainfall in October, the drought is nowhere near to breaking.

“We know some of the toughest conditions will come in the months ahead, which is why the NSW Government is moving to the detailed implementation phase of our $1.1 billion drought response,” Mr Blair said.

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“As a true friend of our farmers, Mr Laurie’s advocacy, understanding of the need to protect soil and water, as well as strong relationships with all levels of government stand him in good stead to fulfil this critical role.

“He will oversee the implementation of the Government’s drought relief measures to make sure the right assistance is reaching those most in need.

“As the drought increases its impact in the area of water access and management, Mr Laurie’s experience as the NSW Land and Water Commissioner will play an important role in assessing at-risk areas and ensuring contingencies are put in place.”