Coalition investing $5 million for drought resilient landscapes

31 July 2020

The Coalition Government will invest $5 million into regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies as part the Future Drought Fund NRM Drought Resilience Program – Landscapes.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought, and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the funding would support projects that build the drought resilience of natural capital in agricultural landscapes.

“We are committed to enhancing the environmental, economic and social resilience of our primary producers and agriculture-dependent communities,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Regional NRM bodies have a vital role to play in helping communities achieve their drought resilience objectives.

“This program is an opportunity for Regional NRM bodies to try new ideas. We want to encourage experimentation in new NRM practices and systems, and innovative and transformative approaches.

“Proposals, valued at $250,000–$500,000, will be available for regions that either have been hit by drought, are currently experiencing drought or at significant risk of drought and will be determined through a competitive application process.

“This is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund (FDF) and an important part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan that delivers the support Australian farmers and communities need to be sustainable and productive.”

Find out more about NRM Drought Resilience Program – Landscapes and other FDF programs here: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund/nrm-landscapes

FAST FACTS

  • On 1 July 2020, the Australian Government announced the foundational programs for the Future Drought Fund. These programs will help boost the performance of Australian agriculture and increase its resilience to the impacts of drought.
  • The NRM Drought Resilience Program – Landscapes is complemented by the NRM Drought Resilience Program – Grants, which will provide $10 million in grants to support organisations, farmer groups and individuals to undertake a broad range of NRM projects to build drought resilience by improving natural capital on small scales and contribute towards landscape scale drought resilience