Parkes Shire Council, in partnership with Neighbourhood Central, has welcomed Roger Kitson as the new Drought Relief Officer for the Parkes Shire region.

The role, created under the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program - Extension, aims to support the implementation of the New South Wales Drought Strategy, and the coordination and dissemination of information regarding government and non-government services and initiatives available to affected residents.

Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said "we are delighted to welcome Roger to the Parkes Shire to assist in the collation and coordination of all available support avenues that our drought affected residents can access."

"While the Shire has experienced a number of heavy rainfall events in recent weeks, the prolonged dry period continues to impact our community."

Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Roger holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in sustainability and geography, and has completed further training in agribusiness, value chains and consumers in global food systems.

"I come from a family with a strong connection to the agricultural sector and have been farming for many generations across a range of agricultural industries including grain, cotton, cattle and sheep as well as dairy," Roger said.

"Growing up and experiencing a diversity of agricultural backgrounds has given me a broad understanding of issues impacting the agricultural sector, regional communities and related businesses which support the agricultural industry and regional communities."

"I look forward to working as a collective with everyone involved to provide the necessary support and a co-ordinated approach to assist farmers and businesses in the Parkes Shire affected by the devastating impacts of the drought."

Roger will be based at Neighbourhood Central, 80 - 82 Currajong Street in Parkes, Monday to Friday. Residents and business operators wishing to speak with Roger about the various support programs available can contact 02 6862 3757 or email

For more information about drought relief, click here.