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Have Your Say on the Future Drought Fund

· Independent Committee’s planned public consultations begin this weeK

· Meetings across Australia

· Opportunity to participate in person or online

The Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee’s public consultations across Australia have begun.

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 allocation of funds for projects and activities will be guided by the resulting Drought Resilience Funding Plan.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price is urging all farmers and pastoralists to have their say.

“This is an important opportunity for future planning for the Federal government to support Agriculture across Durack,” Ms Price said.

“There is an option to book a meeting with the committee in Merredin next Tuesday November 12. However I appreciate that many people in Durack are now busy with the annual grain harvest or summer stock care so you can have your input online,” she said.

The Consultative Committee is particularly interested in hearing from farmers, local communities and industry organisations.

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.

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
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Media contact: Rose Crane 0427 587 395; Rosemea.Crane@aph.gov.au

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