​Media release

Drought coordinator ready to roll sleeves up

21 August 2018

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud met with newly appointed national drought coordinator Major General Stephen Day this morning, who is eager to get to work.

Minister Littleproud said with the various state and federal drought assistance as well as drought charities, it made sense to have a national drought coordinator overseeing efforts and directing traffic.

“Major General Day is just the man for the job,” Minister Littleproud said.

“I was impressed with him and to hear how eager he is to get to work. The drought coordinator is ready to roll up his sleeves and help farm families.

“There are thousands of farming families and rural communities out there doing it tough and Major General Day can help make sure they get the best out of the help government, community and business is providing.

“The coordinator will work across all levels of government, business, charities and farmers to coordinate all efforts.

“He’ll make sure we get the best out of the efforts we’re making and make sure different organisations don’t double up to do the same thing twice.

“Sometimes when everybody wants to help, they fail to communicate between themselves. The drought coordinator will make sure one hand knows what the other is doing and no effort is wasted.”

Major General Day has other meetings in Canberra this week and intends to get out on the ground and speak to affected communities as soon as possible.​