Regional NSW not forgotten on national mateship tour

NSW Farmers is doing its bit to put mateship back on track by encouraging farmers near Griffith and Dubbo to be part of the August community events on the R U OK? Conversation Tour.

R U OK? is a not-for-profit suicide prevention organisation and it is driving the length of Australia in a bright yellow bus in a bid to help put mateship back on track by inspiring Aussies to be even better mates by asking “Are you ok?” more regularly. 

Starting in Darwin today and finishing in Sydney on R U OK? Day (11 September), the Conversation Bus will be part of 18 community events in regional and metropolitan areas in five states including the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. The bus will arrive in Dubbo on 25 August at Ollie Robbins Oval at 11am before heading to a Griffith event on 27 August at the Memorial Gardens at 9.30am. 

R U OK? Campaign Director Rebecca Lewis said the bus tour is all about getting out into communities and inspiring people to ask someone “Are you ok?” and listen.

“This year, we’re taking the message that conversations can change lives,” said Rebecca.

“We want people to join us for a free barbie and some fun and take the time to really ask mates if they’re ok.”

NSW Farmers’ CEO Matt Brand said he encouraged farmers everywhere to support one another when life gets a bit tough.

“Mateship is alive and well in regional communities in NSW. But we can make that bond even stronger by really making an effort to ask that life-changing question more regularly,” he concluded.

NSW Farmers has supported R U OK? since 2012 by sharing its message on billboards and print advertising, including the recent “R U OK, MATE?” billboards. 

To follow the 12 000km tour, visit the interactive map at


7 August 2014 

Contact: NSW Farmers

Phone: 1300 794 000

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