Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is calling for input on the Future Drought Fund.
“The Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee will hold public consultations in my electorate this month, to help inform the Committee on the best ways for the Future Drought Fund to invest in drought resilience,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Committee is particularly interested in hearing from farmers, local communities and industry organisations, and I encourage those of you in my electorate to take part online and/or by attending a public consultation.”
Consultations in the Parkes electorate will be held in Dubbo on November 26 and in Moree on November 27. The Fund will provide $100 million each year from July 2020 for projects that enhance preparations and responses to drought.
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 an opportunity for our farmers, industry and rural communities to have a significant contribution into how we prepare for future droughts,” Mr Coulton said.