A new service which aims to improve community connectedness in the Hawkesbury has been announced by the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) as part of their Well-being Grants to Support Farming Communities.
The initiative is funded by the Federal Government and is part of the Empowering Our Communities project which was introduced as one of the increased support measures implemented for communities affected by drought.
The Hawkesbury region has been identified as one of the most impacted areas within the NBMPHN region with 99.5% of NSW considered in drought or drought affected. While much of the region is now considered suburbia, there is still over 33,000 hectares of farmland within the Hawkesbury, and over 450 enterprises in the agricultural sector.
NBMPHN is dedicated to identifying needs and addressing gaps within the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith areas and have funded five grants in Round 1 of the initiative. One of the grants includes an innovative and exciting new project for Hawkesbury residents. Hawkesbury Be & Co. is a fortnightly pop-up social event that aims to foster community connections and improve access to support for isolated people. The cafe will officially launch on Thursday, May 2.
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