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Are WA Farmers best placed to inform new Drought Resilience program?

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Have you heard about the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund?

The fund will support drought resilience measures that benefit all Australians.

Beginning in July 2020 $100 million will be funded each year in projects and activities to enhance the drought resilience of Australian farms and communities.

The Consultative Committee was recently in WA and held forums in Merredin, Geraldton and Perth. They are seeking feedback to inform the development of the Drought Resilience Funding Plan.

Wheatbelt NRM CEO Natarsha Woods attended the forum and reflected:

“The committee have done the hard yards with consultation, coming over to WA and doing face-to-face regional work.  My reflections after the meeting were that, if WA has been in a long slow drought then WA is probably in the best position to lead the nation in how to build drought resilience.  That is what is refreshing about this drought funding, it isn’t a rescue mission – it is about learning and changing so we can manage the droughts in the future.  That is why it is a perpetual fund, and that is why WA needs to put their hand up and play a big role.” 

Funded projects will:

  • enhance public good by building drought resilience
  • help farms and communities be more prepared to respond to the impacts of drought
  • lift the productivity and profitability of the agriculture sector
  • enhance the health and sustainability of Australia’s farming

 The Drought Resilience Funding Plan is a rolling four year high level framework that will guide funding decisions for the Future Drought Fund.

This is your chance to influence what projects and activities this substantial program will support.

Feedback must be submitted by 13 December 2019.

Wheatbelt NRM will be submitting feedback and we encourage you to share your thoughts with us so we can incorporate a broad point of view.

All the details can be found here

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