Committee formed to take action on drought
A GROUP of Australians will form part of an important milestone in taking action on the drought.
The group will be established to help deliver $100 million in drought resilience and preparedness programs to communities every year through the Future Drought Fund.
Drought minister David Littleproud said this group of eminent Australians would form the Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee.
"The Australian Government is getting on with the job of building nationwide drought resilience,” he said.
The committee will develop the drought resilience funding plan for the fund, which begins with a $3.9 billion credit that will grow to $5 billion.
"The Future Drought Fund was established to give drought-prone Australians the best tools to plan and prepare for drought and sustain their livelihoods and communities,” Mr Littleproud said.
The consultative committee will seek input directly from drought-vulnerable communities for the Drought Resilience Funding Plan.
"This committee is made up of people with track records of success in agricultural economies, managing climate risk, rural and regional development and natural resource management,” he said.
"What's more, they come from rural and regional communities across Australia and the committee is 80 per cent women.”
Committee chair Mr Brent Finlay has more than 40 years experience in agriculture, as well as developing drought resilience measures.
He runs a manufacturing, importing and retailing business and has also led AgForce, the National Farmers Federation and Traprock Wool Association.
He will be joined by committee members Dr Kate Andrews, Dr Wendy Craik AM, Dr Elizabeth Peterson and Ms Caroline Welsh who will begin their work in Canberra later this month.