Drought preparedness project scoping set to get underway across regional Australia

Media releases: 31 January 2023

FRRR and ARLF are pleased to announce the next 25 organisations that are acting as the lead local community partner in the Future Drought Fund’s  Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought InitiativeCommunity Impact Program. The initiative is supported by the Australian Government, through the Future Drought Fund.

These 25 organisations, each of which is highly respected and well connected locally, will now lead the process of co-designing a detailed project plan, working closely with other local community groups, before submitting it for final assessment in early April. They join the lead organisations in regions announced late last year in scoping projects valued at up to $500,000.

FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Climate Solutions Lead, Nina O’Brien, said that it’s exciting to have another 25 groups moving forward in this process.

“Widespread flooding affected QLD, WA, SA, NSW and VIC and given the severity of the impacts in so many places, we initially expected that there would most likely be a delay to some of these regions being ready to undertake drought resilience planning. However, after chatting to the affected groups, the majority confirmed that they want to proceed, to give communities something to look forward to and to change local conversations and outlooks,” Ms O’Brien said.

The local partner organisations will be supported by an independent facilitator, funded through the program, who will work with the groups to ensure that the plans are sound and that they engage as many local groups as possible in the project design.

The remaining three regions (Far West NSW, Northwest QLD and Great Southern in WA) will proceed later this year, allowing them time to recover from floods and, in some cases, to confirm the local lead partner organisation.

MurrayHolbrook Landcare Group
Central West Rural Financial Counselling Service – NSW Southern Region
North WestNorthern Slopes Landcare Association Incorporated
Northern TablelandsGlenrac Incorporated
Central WestCentral Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board
South WestSouthern Queensland Natural Resources Management Ltd
Northern Queensland Dry TropicsNorthern Queensland Dry Tropics Ltd
Arid LandsNorthern Territory Cattlemen's Association Inc
TablelandsCharles Darwin University
GascoyneGascoyne Catchments Group Inc
Wheatbelt CentralWheatbelt Natural Resource Management Incorporated
Wheatbelt SouthCorrigin Farm Improvement Group
MidWestNorthern Agricultural Catchments Council Incorporated
Northern and YorkeRegional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains Incorporated
Murraylands and RiverlandRegional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland Incorporated
Limestone CoastLimestone Coast Food & Agribusiness Cluster Ltd
MalleeMallee Sustainable Farming Inc
Loddon CampaspeGoulburn Murray Community Leadership
Wimmera Southern MalleeWimmera Development Association
East GippslandGippsland Agricultural Group
GoulburnRiverine Plains Incorporated
West GippslandFood & Fibre Gippsland Inc
Ovens MurrayAgBiz Assist
North and North WestRural Business Tasmania Inc
SouthUniversity of Tasmania