- Independent Committee’s planned public consultations begin today
- Six weeks of meetings across Australia
- Opportunity to participate in person or online
The Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee’s will hold public consultations starting from today.
The committee has provided the government with their plan for drought resilience through the fund but must now consult the community as part of the process legislated by the government.
The Independent Committee will seek further ways to best build drought resilience with the Future Drought Fund.
The allocation of funds for projects and activities will be guided by the resulting Drought Resilience Funding Plan.
Minister for Drought David Littleproud said the consultations will help inform the Committee on the best ways for the Future Drought Fund to invest in drought resilience.
“The Fund will provide $100 million each year from 1 July 2020 for projects that enhance our preparations and responses to drought,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The Consultative Committee is particularly interested in hearing from farmers, local communities and industry organisations.
“There are three foundation pillars to tackle drought. First is to give support to farmers for the here and now. Second is to back drought affected communities. And the third pillar is looking to the future to build resilience via the Future Drought Fund.
“Improved drought resilience could come from new tools, technologies or techniques that help farmers better manage their natural resources. It could come from better financial and business planning for lower income periods. Or it could come from better, more localised weather data and improved climate forecasting.
“This is the opportunity for our farmers, industry and rural communities to have a significant contribution on how we prepare for future droughts.
“For this reason I urge you to go online and have your say on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan and, if you can, attend one of the consultations being held around Australia,” Minister Littleproud said.
To have your say on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan, go to the Have Your Say: Future Drought Fund website.
Register at https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/future-drought-fund to attend a public consultation event with the Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee
Locations for public consultation listed below:
Charters Towers, QLD 5 November
Roma, QLD 6 November
Darwin, NT 6 November
Toowoomba, QLD 7 November
Eyre Peninsula, SA 8 November
Horsham, VIC 12 November
Merredin, WA 12 November
Traralgon, VIC 13 November
Launceston, TAS 14 November
Wagga Wagga, NSW 20 November
Orange, NSW 25 November
Dubbo, NSW 26 November
Tamworth, NSW 26 November
Moree, NSW 27 November
More information about the Future Drought Fund: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund