The Future Drought Fund is helping communities become more resilient.
This national program supported community organisations and networks, through projects that encouraged connectedness in agricultural communities across Australia. The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) delivered this program.
The FRRR supported community networks by funding activities to:
- strengthen the capacity and capability of the network organisations, including increasing the reach of network members
- facilitate professional, social and community network events which contribute to building a positive community culture
- provide training that improves the skills and capacity of network members
- improve community meeting places through supporting small-scale community infrastructure projects.
Together with FRRR, we’re focusing on boosting community connectedness and collaboration in agricultural communities. This program provided small-scale grants for community organisations, networks and infrastructure that supports drought resilience.
The program administered $2.9 million in funding for projects that encouraged connectedness in agricultural communities or improved the skills and capacity of network members to become more resilient to the impacts of drought.
|Funding recipient||Project title and description||Funding||Project State|
|Mackillop Farm Management Group Inc.||Limestone Coast Women in Ag Network
This project will increase the resilience of women in the Limestone Coast region of SA to assist preparing for future drought through the delivery of four workshops for women in agriculture across the southeast region of SA. The project will also connect seven regional organisations and build linkages between these local groups to a state-wide organisation, resulting in broader reaches across the state. The network will provide lasting support and increased social connection for the group members across the Limestone Coast region.
|Coorong District Council||Resilient Farmer Networks building an understanding of managing soil carbon and livestock methane production, seasonal climate variability, and seeking opportunities in times of drought
This project will increase opportunities for a diverse group of people and communities to participate in networking through the facilitation of four workshops across the Coorong and Tatiara Districts. The workshops will build farmers' knowledge and understanding of the risks posed by drought and climate change, through the sharing of specialist knowledge in the areas of climate trends, soil carbon, and livestock methane. Through these workshops and networking events, a positive community culture will be built working together to build the community's capacity to respond to change and capitalise on opportunities.
|Murdi Paaki Regional Rugby League Council Incorporated Trading as
Creative Community Concepts
|CCC Community Wellbeing Project
This project will improve community resilience through education and mental fitness sessions in schools, and a community dinner, to build wellbeing strategies and mental resilience across local schools and the community. The workshops will build community spirit, bringing the community together to discuss strategies to prepare for difficult times and the impacts of adversity.
|The Liebe Group Inc||Women In Ag Networking and Diversification (WAND) Program: Strengthening social connection and farm business resilience in the regional agricultural community
This project will host onsite field visits and an agricultural day show to provide participants with future planning knowledge for below-average seasons and increased business acumen to adapt to the negative effects of drought. Through the project, the local women in agriculture involved in the projects will build capacity and resilience, as well as regional networks to respond to the impacts of drought, both socially and on their farm businesses.
|Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Incorporated||Talkin' Soil Health - for Drought Resilience
This project will connect a network of farmers, farming advisors and support services to an awareness of local support avenues. The Talkin’ Soil Health Conference will focus on building capacity in the WA farming community to address climate challenges with adaptive technology. An on-farm workshop, podcasts and a Community of Practice will extend networking between participants, resulting in an active network of farmers, farm advisors, support services and researchers to build capacity and awareness of local industry support to share knowledge, skills, and tools to build drought resilience.
|Southern Rangelands Pastoral Alliance Inc.||Rehydrating the Southern Rangelands of WA
This project will bring together farmers to learn about drought resilience issues that are common across the Southern Rangelands area of WA. The project will bring together a farming network, for participants to build the confidence and capability to change historical management practices to restore, repair and improve management approaches in the Southern Rangelands. Through the workshops, the farming network developed will share approaches and support to continue managing the Rangelands in the changing climatic conditions
|Monaro Farming Systems CMC Incorporated||Monaro Seasonal Outlooks - Building Drought Resilience and Preparedness
This project will host a Field Day in the Monaro region that includes a seasonal outlook presentation and discussion around the Farming Forecaster tool that helps farmers make informed decision to improve drought preparedness in changing climatic conditions. Facilitated discussions and reflections from past experiences will improve collaboration across the local farming network, building knowledge about drought preparedness and an understanding of the risks posed by drought and climate change, to build strategies for farmers and local communities to prepare for future droughts.
|Riverine Plains Incorporated||Enhancing Community Networks for Drought Resilience in the Riverine
This project will deliver 30 workshops within the region to connect primary producers, landholders, and Indigenous custodians to build capacity and share knowledge to address the challenges of future drought and climate change conditions. The project will result in increased social connection in local networks and improved future coordination and collaboration between social networks, other community organisations and sectors in the local communities, sharing knowledge to build more resilient communities across the region.
|$102,300.00||NSW and Vic|
|Wairewa Public Hall & Recreation Reserve||Supporting future community networking opportunities
This project will provide essential support to community groups in the Wairewa region to network in the lead up, during and after future drought, through the improvement of the public hall as an ongoing social meeting place to build community connection and engagement. Upgrading the hall's kitchen and flooring will enable the local community and farmers to socially connect, as well as engaging with neighbouring communities, thus building a wider social network and community wellbeing through a common functional meeting space.
|Gippsland Agricultural Group||Gippsland Connect and Prepare Field Days
This project will increase community connection and networking through two farmer field days, bringing together local farming and community groups to discuss issues prevalent in the region. The project will increase the capacity to use this site for educational, social and networking activities for the agricultural community through the installation of an ablution block at a site frequently used for social and professional networking events, thus increasing the region's ability to support educational, social, and networking activities in the agricultural community and benefit many groups across East Gippsland.
|WoTL Ltd||Building the Women Together Learning (WoTL) Ambassador Network to Support Women in Ag.
This project will deliver five workshops focussing on future drought, climate projections and the impact on agricultural practices and rural communities, and support the Women Together Learning (WoTL) Ambassadors to come together for two days to participate in planning, professional development, and networking to enhance their skills to support the broader network. The project will bring women together that ordinarily may not link up and form an ongoing future network, addressing the needs of rural women in preparing for future drought, and support network for better preparedness.
|The Flinders Ranges Council||Quorn Quandong Festival
This project’s two-day community event will bring experts speakers to present on the impacts of drought and climate change on the region to highlight the importance of forward planning and preparedness. The events will also encourage participants to be involved in the activities and network to share knowledge, while also creating an awareness of agri-food systems opportunities by showcasing opportunities and benefits offered to agricultural businesses through diversification into production of 'bush foods' and use of indigenous species, as an alternative to traditional practices to build drought resilience.
|Southern Cross University||Building Drought Resilience in Agriculture-Dependent Communities through Mapping Young Farmer Information and Support Networks
In this partnership project between Southern Cross University and Agricultural Innovation & Research Eyre Peninsula, a new 'network mapping' tool will be used to provide a detailed understanding of the Eyre Peninsula young landholders knowledge network. The project will support the agricultural dependent community of the Eyre Peninsula to build drought resilience by identifying and implementing context-specific strategies through workshops and mapping. Local champions will share key knowledge with young landholders to enhance networking opportunities around drought-resilient practices
|Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers||Connecting producers with an invisible support network
This project represents a progressive opportunity to build capability of professional, social and community networks of producers in the Bundaberg region and build long term drought resilience and social wellbeing across the network. The project will support ongoing networking opportunities, including through initial activities including two Accidental Counselling training sessions and host two informal producer BBQ's to create a network of industry representatives who are able to recognise signs of stress and access local support services for local growers to support mental health and wellbeing.
|AgBiz Assist Limited
Ovens Murray AgBiz Alliance
|Using Tech to Connect, Mitigate and Manage Drought in North East Victoria
This project will bring people together informally in a series of meetups and dinners for those involved in agriculture, food and fibre, as well as a regional website to showcase agriculture, food and fibre information and newsletters and podcasts with information on provider networks across the region, providing a tool for connection and accessing regional services. Through the project, the region will have avenues to sustain community engagement and improved coordination and collaboration between social and professional networks.
|Birchip Cropping Group Inc||Filling the GAPP – a forum for future farmers
This project will involve two core activities; the first is a GAPP (Growth, Adoption, Production and Profitability) regional event for new generation farmers titled ‘Filling the GAPP, a forum for future farmers. The second activity being a round of seven locally focussed production and business resilience focused discussion group meetings, targeting new generation, early career farmers and supporting agribusiness personnel, to facilitate the opportunity for early career professionals to exchange ideas on farming business practice and provide communities an opportunity to work collaboratively to solve problems, building capacity and leveraging the wider Birchip Cropping Group network of industry connections to build local drought resilience.
|Northern Rivers Community Gateway Inc
Women in The Land - Get Ready Empower Yourself
|Women On The Land (WOTL) - Preparedness Workshop Series
This project will deliver five workshops to improve the confidence and reduce social isolation of rural and regional women, while also providing planning and coping tools for the participants to share with their broader networks. Focussing on decision making, preparedness and land management, the workshops will provide a platform to discuss mental health issues of rural and regional women, while also providing access to service providers and the opportunity to build networks for ongoing cohesion.
|Charlton Neighbourhood House Inc||Buloke First Peoples Art Trail
Understanding the need for a year-round meeting place to build community wellbeing and a place for engagement, particularly during times of drought, this project will develop an open-air, self-guided Bush Tucker Garden that tell the stories of the local Djaara people and walking trail along the Avoca River that include First Nations Artworks that tell stories of the impacts of a changing climate and times of drought in the Charlton and Buloke area. Through the community’s involvement in the development of the garden and walking trail, the project will build a shared sense of community belonging in the area.
|Macintyre Ag Alliance Inc.||Regenerative Ag Event for Adaptable & Thriving Futures
This project’s two-day event at farms across the Western Downs will provide collaborative events and opportunities to learn about new agricultural approaches to build drought resilience practices into the regional agricultural businesses and communities. Through integrating local networks with established, broader networks, the project aims to increase the social connection, networks, and capacity of landholders for best practice farm management and create drought resilient communities.
|GroWQ||Resourcing and Supporting GroWQ
This GroWQ Project will deliver two networking events; an Ag Industry Round Table facilitating collaboration and enabling access to support in both health services and agricultural services; and a Technology showcase on innovation and business resilience in the agricultural sector and the wider community. Industry insights provided through the workshops will increase participant knowledge and understanding of the risks posed by drought and climate change, providing participants with the knowledge and tools share with their communities to respond to a changing climate.
|Longreach Regional Council||Creating Sustainable Communities 'In the Bush'
This project will facilitate four community workshops and events across issues relevant to different sectors of the Longreach community including youth issues, women's, business and work topics. Workshops through the project will facilitate local networks, increase business planning knowledge and skills, encourage social connection and ensure access to support services to build resilience and future drought preparedness in the local region.
|Glenrac Incorporated||Resilience, Capacity and Community Connection - Glen Innes NSW
This project will support several activities to build resilience, capacity, and community connection across the Glen Innes district including monthly focus evenings, a gardening weekend and informal events that encourage participation and discussion across the community. This project will link into other programs that GLENRAC deliver on benchmarking natural capital, carbon footprint accounting and climate change resilience to build a broader skillset for the participants and the community.
|Shire of Ravensthorpe||
Hopetoun Community Networking support
The project will establish the connections to support networks to better connect with community members. The installation of an electronic noticeboard at the Hopetoun Community Resource Centre to provide critical community and climate information, and promote events to build information sharing and community connection. The project will result in a coordinated and time effective response to disaster preparedness and drought resilience for the local community.
|Red Earth Community Foundation South Burnett Limited||Red Earth Community Foundation Leadership Forum
Supporting young people to respond to challenges and encourage leadership, the Red Earth (RECF) Community Foundation will host a Leadership Forum to bring together community leaders in the Burnett Inland to connect individuals, groups, and businesses. Through forum sessions, the participants will build leadership skills and form partnerships to assist the region adapt and transform to meet challenges the region will face in a changing climate. The forum will build social connectedness for the region, extend networks and create a shared sense of purpose and community belonging.
|Destination Scenic Rim INC||Scenic Rim Round-up
The Destination Scenic Rim (DSR) project will build drought resilience and build social connection through the hosting of four events with keynote speakers across the region that will link location specific community groups, businesses, and organisations to increase collaboration and membership across the region. Held in population hubs of Beaudesert, Boonah, Tamborine Mountain, Canungra and several smaller centres, the events will bring community members together with a shared sense of purpose with an aim to increase the community's economic development and diversification.
|Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc.||Creating an Online Learning Community to help Farmers Manage Soil in Drought
This project will create a new online learning community and network to help Mallee broadacre farmers prepare for future drought. The network will draw on the latest evidence-based information and resources on how to protect, manage and repair soils before, during and after drought. The project will deliver online learning to increase knowledge sharing and capacity of farmers to access local soil resources and peer forums to build drought resilience. Through joint learning and support, participants will build professional and social networks, sharing information to build an understanding of and resilience to the impacts of future droughts on the region’s soils.
|North Coast Regional Landcare Network Inc||Partnership Development Officer for NCRLN
The North Coast Regional Landcare Network in NSW project will support 11 local Landcare networks, facilitating community connection and knowledge sharing across the groups, as well as increasing opportunities for these participants, and the wider regional Landcare network, to participate in networking events to build a shared understanding of the risks posed by drought and climate change in the local region, while also providing the communities with an opportunity to work collaboratively to solve problems common regional issues.
|Western Plains Regional Development Inc||Shoring up Community
This project will give local community groups the much-needed opportunity to hold meetings and get together as they prepare for future drought. Understanding the importance of the community hall for social and professional gatherings, this project will support the upgrade of the community hall to enable it to be used year-round for community gatherings, enhancing social connectedness and wellbeing in the community.
|FarmLink Research Ltd||Improving Young Farmer Mental Resilience in Times of Drought
This FarmLink project will host an event for Young Farmers to build the skills and networks required to manage the impacts of stress during drought, intergenerational relationships and communicating effectively within family farm businesses. The interactive workshop will bring together young farmers and experts in rural and regional resilience and mental health. Through facilitated discussions, the project will build awareness in practical on-farm strategies that improve the participants' capability to manage the stresses associated with drought and climate change in preparing for the future.
|Upper North Farming Systems||Tools, Tech and Transformation – UNFS and its HUBS 2022
This project will deliver a 'Tools, Tech and Transformation' workshop for farmers and agri-business followed by a series of nine Hub events to provide an opportunity for participants to network and share information to build their knowledge about drought resilience through learning about new farming systems and techniques to manage in a changing climate.
|Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd||Croydon Shire Food Security project
The project will establish a community-led steering group through a central co-ordinator to build a food security strategy for the region. The project will increase community engagement, a shared sense of purpose and collaboration between social networks and sectors in local communities, bringing groups together to share knowledge to build strategies to address food insecurity issues in the local area.
|The Australian Landscape Science Institute Limited||Reading Your Landscape
This project will bring local landholders together to study and discuss innovative agricultural practice solutions in two field days and a series of webinars, to manage agricultural dependent regions that are vulnerable to accelerating climate impacts. Through the workshops, participants will be encouraged to network and share ideas about Climate Resilient Landscape practices, and be supported by online webinars with a wider audience.
|Lockyer Valley Growers Inc.||Lockyer Agriculture Resilience and Connection (LARC) project
This project will bring local growing groups together in two seminars to discuss the impacts of climate change and drought on the region, as well as publications in local magazines about local issues and identifying local practices used to manage the impacts of drought. The project will also facilitate training of committee members in governance training to support their organisation continue to support the broader grower network. Through the involvement of around 200 producers and land managers across the region, the project will enhance networking and knowledge sharing, building a greater culture of connection across the region.
|Project Details||Project Activity Location|
|Grantee||Title||Description||Funding(GST Excl)||Project town(s)||State|
|Active Farmers Ltd.||100 Mental Health Champions||This project will support trainers and community members across 47 rural communities to attend a two-day mental health first aid course. Through the course, participants will share their skills to work with their communities to respond to the challenges that arise in rural communities during times of drought.||$10,120||Mangoplah||NSW|
|Adavale Lane Community Centre Incorporated||Setting Up a Connected Educational Environment to Run a Workshop on How to Prepare for a Drought.||This project will support a workshop that will include insights, demonstrations and strategies that can be implemented locally to prepare for future droughts. The project will also include small upgrades to the local meeting place to improve its use for the community to share knowledge and support each other before, during and after times of drought.||$17,491||Goonumbla||NSW|
|Cookamidgera Community Landcare Inc||Saving Cooka Hall||This project will support critical upgrades to the central community hall. This will make the hall accessible for more of the community to gather, strengthening connections and sharing of knowledge to prepare for the impacts of drought.||$16,370||Cookamidgera||NSW|
|Central West Farming Systems Inc.||CWFS Rural and Regional Women and Youth 'Just Brilliant' Conference 2022||This one-day conference will bring together rural women and young leaders with agricultural leaders to discuss personal, rural and drought resilience. The event will provide opportunity for participants to network across communities and seek guidance and mentorship to deal with the impacts of difficult times, including drought. ;||$16,210||Condobolin||NSW|
|Community College-Northern Inland Incorporated||Namoi Women’s Shed||This project will support improvements to increase the Namoi Women’s Shed as a venue for training and collaboration. This will support the community to meet, and develop skills and social connections, that support drought preparedness.||$13,731||Narrabri||NSW|
|Eurobodalla Shire Council||For the Farmers - Finding connection in the country||This project will support two community networking events and a podcast series. It will strengthen community networks and engagement through regular meetings, and disseminate key drought information for the community.||$17,270||Moruya||NSW|
|Gwymac Incorporated||Building Farm Resilience Through More Dynamic Soils and Pastures||This project will host three workshops that will provide information on drought resilience farming and climate change. The workshops will build farmers’ and the communities’ knowledge through sharing of case studies, personal experiences and learnings.||$18,950||Inverell||NSW|
|Weemelah Hall||Provide additional Outdoor facilities and Beautification to the Weemelah Hall Yard||This project will support improvements to indoor and outdoor facilities at the Weemelah Hall. The improvements will enable the facility to continue its vital role as a central meeting place for the community to meet, including preparing for drought.||$18,832||Weemelah||NSW|
|Monaro Farming Systems CMC Incorporated||Drought Preparedness on The Monaro – Feed Evaluating & Drought Planning||This project supports a three-day drought preparedness workshop that will build local producers’ skills and capacity to evaluate and manage the impacts of drought. It will include sessions on risk management and planning, strategies on drought planning, and pasture management to prepare for, and during times of drought.||$19,050||Cooma||NSW|
|Bermagui Pre School Co-operative Society Limited||The Moodji Futures Project||This project will support local events including a sustainability workshop and Long Table Dinner. The events will focus on drought mitigation practices and support a shared sense of purpose and community belonging.||$49,000||Bermagui||NSW|
|Caragabal Country Golf Club Ltd||Improve access, safety and efficiency of Caragabal Country Golf Club as a community meeting place||This project will establish an online forum to increase knowledge sharing and stories across the community, and support small upgrades to the central community meeting place. These activities will improve the community’s ability to share knowledge and improve social connectedness and improved mental health and wellbeing throughout the drought cycle.||$50,000||Caragabal||NSW|
|Clarence Landcare Incorporated||Clarence Landcare Agriculture Network (CLAN)||This project will support monthly field days and other events, training and meetings to provide training on best practice land and natural resource management skills for communities preparing for and responding to the impacts of drought.||$40, 520||Grafton||NSW|
|Destination Tweed Ltd||Cross-Sector Connectivity: Food + Nature + Arts||This project will build drought resilience through four agri-food networking forums to strengthen understanding of risks posed by drought and climate change, and ensure the community is better positioned to adapt to future drought challenges.||$25,000||Tyalgum;||NSW|
|Glenrac Incorporated||Cultivating Skills and Community Connections for Glen Innes||This project supports a series of nine training workshops for community members and farming businesses, focussed on drought and risk management planning. The project provides additional benefit in fostering networks for new residents with limited social connections in the community.||$48,340||Glen Innes||NSW|
|Mid Lachlan Landcare Incorporated||Using the Future to learn from past droughts||This project will support four local field days on drought resilience, on-farm drought preparedness plans and agricultural sustainability practices in the region, to build the skills of local land managers to enable them to make timely on farm decision making when dealing with the warning signs and effects of drought.||$27,560||Canowindra||NSW|
|Tamworth Regional Landcare Association||Regenerative Practices on the Liverpool Plains: Learning & Working Together to Build Drought Resilience||This project will build drought resilience through two education events and a farm tour day to build understandings of risks posed by drought and climate change in agriculture-dependent communities of the Tamworth region. The project will encourage participants to shift from ‘season to season’ thinking to developing a long-term vision and plan which considers the impact of climate variability on their farming business.||$22,600||Wallabadah||NSW|
|Kempsey Shire Council||The Macleay Valley River to the Sea Festival||This project will support a community festival, involving a primary producer workshop to build long-term success in a post drought region, as well as mental health and resilience in times of drought. Participants will build local connections and an understanding of risks posted by drought and the changing climate.||$56,960||Kempsey||NSW|
|Tharwa Community Association Inc||Tharwa Community Hall Critical Repair and Remediation||This project will support crucial repairs for the Tharwa meeting hall. The hall is a central meeting place for local farming families and fosters connectedness and the community’s capacity to respond to future drought events.||$20,000||Tharwa||ACT|
|Balingup Progress Association Inc||Balingup – A Call to Action||This project will support a local event to improve the community’s understanding of risks posed by drought and climate change through group discussions and demonstrations across a range of risk management practices, developing sustainability and community resilience. The field day will develop a local understanding of drought mitigation practices to support rural community’s response to the impacts of drought.||$24,359||Balingup||WA|
|Facey Group Inc||Farm business forum for new and early career Farmers in the Facey Group catchment and surrounds||This project will support a full day community forum to build the community’s understanding of local risks posed by drought and climate change, and how to respond to these risks in the agriculture-dependent communities of the Avon and Black River Catchments.||$20,000||Wickepin||WA|
|Nyabing Progress Association Inc||Nyabing Community Hub Accessibility and Functionality Project||This project will support small upgrades to this central community meeting place to share knowledge and information to assist the community to network and support each other in times of drought.||$10,701||Nyabing||WA|
|Shire of Coorow||Leeman Community Networking Beach Shelter Project||The project will support improved social connection and community wellbeing, providing new infrastructure that will assist the community to prepare for and adapt to future drought events, improve wellbeing and increase knowledge sharing, enhancing an informal community meeting space.||$10,938||Leeman||WA|
|Blackwood Basin Group (BBG) Incorporated||Strengthening Community Capabilities and Networks for Future Drought Resilience||This project will support the grantee to provide essential training to local landholders to improve their drought preparedness through an intensive field day with leading agricultural professionals with locally specific knowledge for building drought resilience.||$31,592||Boyup Brook||WA|
|Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee||Lower Blackwood Online Community Forum & Information Hub||This project will build the community’s capacity to understand & implement sustainable agriculture objectives and drought resilience through an online Community Forum & Information Hub, which will provide an interactive platform to access information and resources with locally relevant information.||$49,850||Karridale||WA|
|Shire of Pingelly||People of Pingelly - Past & Present||This project supports the compilation of video stories and forums to collate community members’ experiences of droughts and the coping and support mechanisms they used to deal with the impacts of drought. The project will build the community’s knowledge and understanding of the risks posed by drought and climate change through local knowledge and local approaches to mitigate the impacts of drought.||$44,895||Pingelly||WA|
|South Coast Alliance Inc||Climate Conversations Conference||This project will support a conference about drought and changing climate issues and region appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies. The conference will provide an opportunity for professional, social and community networking whilst also building knowledge on strategies to adapt to and prepare for future drought.||$49,970||Denmark||WA|
|Southern Rangelands Pastoral Alliance Inc.||Showcasing Our Resilience - Sharing Our Stories Across The Southern Rangelands||This project will produce videos and podcasts to share approaches and ideas for mitigating the effects of drought and improving rangelands condition to improve drought resilience across the district. The project will foster connectedness and build drought resilience through sharing ideas that have been tested and working collaboratively with professionals and groups within the Southern Rangelands district to share learned experiences of risks and effective changes in response to drought and climate change.||$34,425||Carnarvon||WA|
|The Agricultural Collective Ltd||Livestock Leaders Drought Resilience Workshop||This project will support a Livestock Leaders Drought Resilience event to bring together 20 young people to learn about leadership, communication and information sharing through a variety of mediums. The project will support the development of local leaders who will connect with their communities to prepare for, and during times of drought. The workshop will build participants’ confidence and skills to network and share their experiences and knowledge across their regions and more broadly.||$35,000||Broome||WA|
|Outback Academy Australia Limited||Strengthening drought resilience through collaborative Aboriginal networks and connected regenerative farming hubs||This project will support building drought resilience in Indigenous networks by supporting four regional events and a national online event to connect Indigenous farming communities to share methods and techniques best used to work in a changing climate. Co-ordinators will link information from professional sectors and government to the local regions and work with local communities to support learning from each other to develop locally relevant techniques.||$146,966||Roelands (WA), Loxton (SA), Shepparton (Vic) & Deniliquin (NSW)||WA|
|Saltwater Country Ltd.||Saltwater Country-ACV Collaboration for Kimberley Indigenous Drought Resilience||This project will help build drought resilience by providing access to animal and land management information crucial during times of drought for the region, improving the skills, capacity, and networks of First Nations station workers. This project’s activities will facilitate professional, social and community connection whilst providing training opportunities around regional specific information required to prepare for future droughts in the north of Western Australia.||$145,316||Gibb||WA|
|Burnett Catchment Care Association||Connecting Monto producers to build resilience||This project will support hosting of three workshops on strategies to prepare for drought, sustainability practices and soil health during drought. Focussing on discussion about new information presented and sharing of ideas and experiences, the workshops will build locally relevant knowledge required to support the rural community’s response to the impacts of drought.||$19,000||Monto||QLD|
|Momentum Mental Health Limited||Wellbeing and Drought Resilience training for Darling Downs QLD small business teams||This project will support wellbeing and mental health workshops to rural businesses to provide training, skills and strategies to support the community prepare for and during times of drought. The workshops will build the confidence of participants to check in across the communities, identify signs of mental distress during times of drought and take action during hard times.||$50,000||Toowoomba||QLD|
|Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd||Drought Resilience Awareness and Networking Forums for the Northern Gulf region of Queensland||This project will fund a series of three drought and farming forum events across regional Queensland about the risks posed by drought in the Northern Gulf region. Farmer focused forums will include guest speakers and interactive discussions and planning sessions, to build participants’ knowledge and networks to build the rural communities’ capacity to better respond to the impacts of drought.||$49,700||Dimbulah, Chillagoe & Croydon||QLD|
|Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) Incorporated||SPAA Community Field Days - Supporting Drought Resilience||This project will support five community field days that will build knowledge about agricultural practices relevant to the regions, assisting these farming communities to understand and discuss the risks posed by drought and climate change.||$48,658||Goondiwindi (Qld), Dalwallinu (WA), Kyalite (NSW), Underbool (Vic) & Waikerie (SA)||QLD|
|Queensland Families and Communities Association Inc.||Neighbourhood Centres Engaging to Strengthen Community Connections and Wellbeing||This project will support capacity building events including information evenings and drought preparedness packs, to share information to prepare for the impacts of drought. Community events through the project will share information for communities to adapt to future drought challenges.||$46,740||Diamond Valley||QLD|
|Connecting Communities Australia Ltd||Bright Spaces, Bright Faces: Renovation of the Isisford District Hospital Museum and Multi-Purpose Centre.||This project will support small upgrades at a community centre to enable this formal and informal community meeting space to be used year-round and host a community event on drought preparedness for the region.||$28,508||Isisford||QLD|
|Stanthorpe Agricultural Society||"Connect with the world!" LED sign installation project||This project will support community infrastructure improvements to the Stanthorpe Agriculture Showgrounds that will increase community usage of the venue to foster connectedness, improve wellbeing and increase knowledge sharing, by engaging sections of the population that are not able to access key community information in other means.||$50,000||Stanthorpe||QLD|
|Warra Public Memorial Hall Inc||Re-roofing and installation of insulation of the Warra Memorial Hall||This project will support small upgrades to a central community centre used by farming groups and the community to share ideas, network and hold community information sessions. This local meeting place will provide the community to support each other and share ideas to prepare for the impacts of drought.||$115,500||Warra||QLD|
|Flinders Shire Council||The Hub: Creating connection, strengthening resilience, and activating opportunity||This community project will build drought resilience through small scale community infrastructure improvements to a main local meeting place, and through this, foster connectedness, improve wellbeing and share knowledge during hard times, including drought.||$150,000||Hughenden||QLD|
|Binginwarri Recreation Reserve||Upgrade of Binginwarri Recreation Reserve's existing toilet block.||This project will build drought resilience through small scale community infrastructure improvements at this central meeting place for the community to support each other during hard times, and enhance the venue’s use to enable the community to share knowledge and support during disaster times, including times of drought.||$40,000||Binginwarri||VIC|
|Food Next Door Co-op Ltd||Strengthening connections between farming and young people at the Community Demonstration Farm||Through a short training course and discussion forums with Young Farmer groups and local hobby farmers, this project will support building drought resilience through increasing knowledge and understanding of the risks posed by drought and climate change at a local level. The training course and forums will support information sharing about climate change impacts on food production and strengthening resilience for local farms, increasing the region’s capacity to prepare for the impacts of drought.||$35,826||Nichols Point||VIC|
|Gippsland Agricultural Group||Gippsland Future Fodder - Connect and Prepare Initiatives||This project will support this local community group to engage with local farmers to assist farmers develop action plans to prepare for the impacts of drought. The project will also support a field day to bring together farmers to discuss key regional risk management issues and develop solutions to improve the community’s drought preparedness.||$42,920||Omeo||VIC|
|Murrabit Advancement Association Inc||Connecting Spaces and Places - Murrabit||This project will support improvements for a local community meeting place, to make the location more accessible to the community on a year round basis to meet in larger groups to share insights and learnings to prepare for drought.||$37,318||Murrabit||VIC|
|Partners In Ag Incorporated||Wimmera Rural Table Gathering||This project will support a full day event to bring rural women together to discuss the impacts of drought and a changing climate for the region. Including a panel discussion of industry experts, participants will be involved in discussions and learnings to understand the challenges faced by communities in times of drought and how community members can develop skills and strategies to deal with difficult times, including during times of drought.||$28,608||Rupanyup||VIC|
|Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre Inc||Supporting a resilient community - mental health first aid training||This project will build the skills and understanding of the risks posed by difficult times, including during times of drought, through a series of eight mental health first aid courses to local community leaders. The participants will develop the knowledge and skills to engage with their communities and understand the risks posed by drought and the strategies needed to deal with the impacts of drought. Through the courses, a network of community leaders will support their communities prepare for the impacts of tough times, including during drought.||$26,772||Paynesville||VIC|
|Southern Farming Systems Ltd||Soil moisture and informed decisions.||This project will support training sessions across five locations in Victoria and Tasmania and online webinars to share information and resources to build local knowledge about the risks posed by drought at the local level and strategies to manage during drought times. The workshops will enable knowledge sharing, including with professionals, to expand participants’ knowledge and ability to prepare for the impacts of drought and climate change.||$45,810||Inverleigh, Streatham, Bairnsdale (Vic) & Longford (Tas)||VIC|
|Trust for Nature (Victoria)||Native grassland management on farms in south-west Victoria||This project will support a forum that will connect farmers, rural landholders and experts to discuss local issues faced in preparing for drought. The forum will build drought resilience knowledge and improve local collaboration and knowledge of the skills and strategies required to prepare for droughts.||$21,900||Shelford||VIC|
|Indigo Shire Council||Country halls connected for farming community resilience||This project will support a Drought and Farm Resilience workshop for communities in the Indigo Shire, a collaborative Capacity Building and Drought Resilience hall committee workshop, bringing hall committees together across three communities, and small upgrades to community facilities to hold these workshops. The workshops will focus on developing the skills required to build farm resilience to the impacts of drought and will enable the agriculture dependent community to share ideas to strengthen their knowledge and build a social wellbeing that is required during tough times.||$98,843||Cornishtown||VIC|
|Mallee District Aboriginal Services Limited||Shed refurbishment to create a gathering space for Kerang Aboriginal Elders and Leaders and community.||This project will support small upgrades to community infrastructure critical for a year-round meeting place for the community to build connections and resilience. The meeting shed is a central meeting place used to share knowledge across a broad rural area in the preparation to the impacts of drought.||$136,420||Kerang||VIC|
|Twin Rivers Men's Shed Association Inc.||Twin Rivers Community Hub and Men's Shed Project||This project will support small upgrades to a central meeting space for the community to socially connect and share knowledge to prepare for the impacts of drought. The improved community facilities will build a community connectedness and support the community to bring experts to discuss strategies and skills required during tough times, including during drought.||$150,000||Johnsonville||VIC|
|District Council of Streaky Bay||Rural Women's Gathering 2022||This project will develop the community’s preparedness to the impacts of drought through a full-day networking event about understanding the risks posed by drought and climate change. The event will encourage both regional and local women across South Australia to share experiences and skills whilst also providing these women with tools and training, so they are better prepared to respond to hard times, including during times of drought.||$27,000||Streaky Bay||SA|
|Limestone Coast Food & Agribusiness Cluster Ltd||Improving regional branding and recognition of local agri-food systems on SA’s Limestone Coast through the delivery of regional networking and capacity building events.||This project will build the region’s preparedness to the impacts of drought through connecting through six networking events and six webinars for local producers to discuss the impacts of drought locally and develop the necessary skills and knowledge for the region to respond to hard times, including times of drought. The project will facilitate professional, social and community connection to better understand the risks posed by drought and climate change, as well as fostering higher rates of innovation in the local area.||$24,450||Penola||SA|
|Tumby Bay Progress Association Incorporated||Improving Farmer Skills in Effective Communication and Digital Literacy, Lower Eyre Peninsula||This project will build drought resilience through enabling 50 locals to participate in a 16-week communication and literacy training program, focussed at building participants’ capacity to network with their communities, thus building participants’ readiness to face the impacts during times of drought. The project will support ongoing community engagement through an online networking tool for the community to continue sharing ideas and experiences to continue building connectedness and a shared sense of purpose.||$45,000||Tumby Bay||SA|
|WoTL Ltd||“100 billion reasons” – a program to upskill rural businesses in modern human resource leadership to prepare SA agricultural industries and rural communities for 2030.||This project will support two training workshops and an online forum for rural groups across four regions in rural South Australia. Learnings will include community risk management, planning and issues relating to specific communities, to build a collective knowledge to support these communities deal with the impacts of hard times, including drought.||$49,891||Lameroo, Cleve, Keith & Minlaton||SA|
|Wudinna and Le Hunte District Agricultural Horticultural & Floricultural Society Incorporated||Wudinna Showgrounds Water Harvest||This project will support the local community build preparedness to the impacts of drought by developing strategies to enable the community to have a social meeting place to connect and support each other during difficult times, including times of drought.||$109,417||Wudinna||SA|
|Marama Community Incorporated||Marama Community Hall Revival||This project will support small improvements for this regional South Australian town’s central meeting place to increase its use year-round, fostering community connectedness and communal space for community support during difficult times, including times of drought.||$150,000||Marama||SA|
|University of South Australia||Strengthening wellbeing and deepening social support in a drought-affected, agricultural-dependent community with the help of ‘Wellbeing Warriors’ to promote mental health and wellbeing within their networks||This project will strengthen the capacity of community networks in the regional town of Loxton, through three tailored workshops, involving industry experts to discuss ideas and experiences for the community to develop strategies to deal with the impacts of tough times. Training of wellbeing champions in the rural communities will assist the communities prepare for, and respond to the impacts of drought.||$148,458||Loxton||SA|
|Big Hart Inc||The Watershed Project||This project will support community engagement events including three community dinners, a networking breakfast, two film screenings and two workshops across the North West coast of Tasmania to discuss topics such as water and eco anxiety, water and well-being, and water and local production. The events will be targeted across the local community to involve producers, local clubs, youth and businesses for the communities will work collaboratively to solve problems on environmental and agribusiness topics that are central to drought resilience at the local level.||$140,000||Wynyard||TAS|
|Kulgera Gymkhana Club Incorporated||Kulgera Gymkhana Club - Upgrade Facilities||This project will support connectedness in this very remote region through supporting small scale community infrastructure improvements at a main community facility, thus enabling the community to connect and share experiences and knowledge, and improve the community’s wellbeing during tough times, including during drought.||$29,724||Kulgera||NT|
|Young Livestock Exporters Network||YLEN Leadership Program: Future-Proofing the Livestock Industry||This project will support educational opportunities through two training events, a leadership program and stockperson course, designed to bring rural youth together to discuss the impacts of difficult times, including drought. These events will enable the youth participants to discuss with industry experts, topics to understand the risks posed by drought, how to plan for and manage the risks, and stress, self-care and communication during difficult times, giving the participants tools that they can share with their communities, and draw on during difficult times, including times of drought.||$45,867||Darwin, Katherine & Townsville||NT|
Find details of the payment information for the Network to Build Drought Resilience program as required under section 27A of the Future Drought Fund Act 2019 below.
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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, March 2022
Future Drought Fund: building drought resilience with community leaders, organisations and networks across Australia (PDF 569 KB)
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