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Littleproud announces Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee members

By Rodney Woods

A committee has been 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 announced the Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee as an important milestone in taking action on drought.

Chair Brent Finlay and committee members Kate Andrews, Wendy Craik, Elizabeth Peterson and Caroline Welsh will begin their work in Canberra soon.

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 Australian Government is getting on with the job of building nationwide drought resilience,” Mr Littleproud said.

`“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.

`“To ensure best use of the Future Drought Fund, 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 economics, managing climate risk, rural and regional development and natural resource management.”