26 September 2023

Victoria joins Feds to beat drought dangers

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Agriculture Victoria has teamed up with its Commonwealth counterpart to prepare for future droughts in the State.

Calling for community input, Agriculture Victoria said that in partnership with the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry it was coordinating the development of Regional Drought Resilience Plans across Victoria.

“These plans are a part of the Regional Drought Resilience Planning (RDRP) program of the Commonwealth Government’s Future Drought Fund and will be developed from 2021 to 2023,” Agriculture Victoria said.

“Action frameworks have now been drafted for the Barwon, Central Highlands and Great South Coast regions and we are seeking your input and feedback to ensure that actions to build drought resilience are developed collaboratively, focusing on shared approaches that benefit individuals, communities and the regions,” it said.

“This phase of engagement is your best opportunity to influence the Regional Drought Resilience Plans and shape its actions.”

Agriculture Victoria said the first year of the RDRP program saw three Drought Resilience Plans developed for the Gippsland, Wimmera Southern Mallee and Goulburn regions of Victoria – which would be published in the coming months.

It said input and feedback on the Ovens Murray, Loddon Campaspe and Mallee plans would be possible via the Engage Victoria platform later this year.

Further information on the Regional Drought Resilience Plans can be accessed at this PS News link.

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