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The rural wrap: Get your votes in to photo comp, sexual harassment prevalent in rural workplaces

Each week we aim to bring you the latest rural stories that have been making news across western NSW. And boy oh boy what a a week it has been! Not only was the Western Magazine blown away by the amazing photos sent in for the 2018 Harvest Photo Competition, but it was also revealed that the drought continues to be the number one concern for NSW farmers. A gender equality advocate is leading the way to eliminating sexual harassment and discrimination in rural workplaces. After putting a call out to readers to send in their photos, we didnt realise just how far reaching it would be. But now entries have closed and its time for you all to start voting! A newly appointed drought liaison officer aims to speak with farmers experiencing hardship due to the dry about the issues affecting them and take their suggestions on how to improve programs to the Government. The ongoing drought instigated a one stop shop tour across the central west this week to help communities with assistance they might need with managing their bills. Recent rain falling across some parts of central west NSW has done little to boost farmers confidence, with a report revealing the drought continues to be the primary concern. Western NSW farmers facing financial difficulty to the drought will receive even more support thanks to the appointment of additional financial counsellors. Thirteen students across western NSW were recognised for their commitment and passion for science at a special awards ceremony.

Each week we aim to bring you the latest rural stories that have been making news across western NSW.

And boy oh boy what a a week it has been!

Not only was the Western Magazine blown away by the amazing photos sent in for the 2018 Harvest Photo Competition, but it was also revealed that the drought continues to be the number one concern for NSW farmers.

Dr Skye Saunders aims to end sexual harassment, discrimination:

Dr Skye Saunders (pictured). Photo: Supplied.

Vote in the 2018 Western Magazine Harvest Photo Competition:

Photos: Supplied.

Photos: Supplied.

After putting a call out to readers to send in their photos, we didnt realise just how far reaching it would be.

Farm Liaison Officer to speak with those affected by the drought:

RFCS NSW Central Region CEO Jeff Caldbeck with Rural Financial Counselling Service Farm Liaison Officer Jennifer Jeffrey. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

RFCS NSW Central Region CEO Jeff Caldbeck with Rural Financial Counselling Service Farm Liaison Officer Jennifer Jeffrey. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Ombudsman 'Bring Your Bills Day' tours central west NSW:

Financial Help: Julie Bye, Energy & Water Ombudsman, Fulden Boyraz and Liz Papadopoulos, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. Photo: Taylor Jurd

Financial Help: Julie Bye, Energy & Water Ombudsman, Fulden Boyraz and Liz Papadopoulos, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. Photo: Taylor Jurd

Drought still the number one issue for NSW farmers confidence:

Photo: File.

Photo: File.

Additional rural financial counsellors are here to help:

Lending a hand: Toby Jones, Bathurst, June Saint, Bourke, Liz Tomlinson, Coonamble/Coonabrabran, Councillor co-ordinator Robert McGorman, Alistair Murphy, Dubbo, Michael Hallahan, Parkes and Mark Fitzpatrick, Broken Hill. Photo: Belinda Soole.

Lending a hand: Toby Jones, Bathurst, June Saint, Bourke, Liz Tomlinson, Coonamble/Coonabrabran, Councillor co-ordinator Robert McGorman, Alistair Murphy, Dubbo, Michael Hallahan, Parkes and Mark Fitzpatrick, Broken Hill. Photo: Belinda Soole.

Western NSW farmers facing financial difficulty to the drought will receive even more support thanks to the appointment of additional financial counsellors.

Western NSW students receive a Victor Chang School Science Award:

Young Einsteins: The Year 11 Victor Chang School Science Award recipients, who hail from across western NSW. Photo: Belinda Soole.

Young Einsteins: The Year 11 Victor Chang School Science Award recipients, who hail from across western NSW. Photo: Belinda Soole.

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