THE man who will lead a drought response agency from Orange says being on the ground is core to his job.
Shane Stone was in Orange on Tuesday for a board meeting of the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency, which Prime Minister Scott Morrison also attended.
"I work on a simple approach - turn up, listen and act, I'm out constantly visiting," he said.
"[My long-term goal is] to help people survive the drought so they can get back up again."
The Regional Investment Corporation are here and we work closely with them so it made a lot of sense for us to be here.Shane Stone
Mr Stone said Tuesday's meeting covered the measures already existing from the Queensland flood response and how they might be improved.
"And how we can communicate them better to those people in the drought zones," he said.
He said the NSW regional branch of the drought and flood office would employ up to four people at first, relocated from Canberra.
"The Regional Investment Corporation are here and we work closely with them so it made a lot of sense for us to be here," he said.
"You've got to be out in these areas to achieve what you want to achieve, you can't do it from Canberra."
He said it was not all about interacting with farmers.
"It's also about people in small communities that dot throughout the countryside because they are absolutely critical to these areas bouncing back," he said.
"You can't just save the farmers and not think about small business people and the longevity of those communities."
He said drought was a "slow strangulation".
"Flood is a bit like a bushfire, it's sudden, it's deadly, so it requires two different approaches," he said.
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