Drought Resilience Planning For Western Riverina

Narrandera Shire Council
Aerial image of Narrandera during drought

The Australian Government and NSW Government have awarded Griffith City, Leeton Shire, Murrumbidgee and Narrandera Shire Council with $560,000 to deliver and implement a Regional Drought Resilience Plan through the Future Drought Fund.

The four councils have formed the Western Riverina Consortium, tasked with developing a plan that identifies specific and deliverable actions required to investigate and alleviate the impacts of future droughts in the region.

This region has some of the most fertile irrigated and dryland agricultural land in Australia. As we look to the future, we need a plan that addresses the specific needs and challenges faced by communities, emphasising the importance of strong primary industries, agricultural supply chains, businesses, community organisations, and local government in building community-level drought resilience.

The development of this plan is underway and a key element is stakeholder and community consultation, to formulate evidence-based, triple-bottom-line objectives that mitigate or adapt to future drought. A prioritised list of actions and pathways will be established to build drought resilience, specific to this region and address the needs of the community.

Narrandera Shire Council Mayor Neville Kschenka has welcomed the opportunity to improve our preparedness for future droughts, “We are one of the great food bowls of Australia. It is imperative that we work towards future-proofing our land, industries, and people from the detrimental and long-term impacts of drought which we are all too familiar with.”

The Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program is jointly funded by the Australian Government and NSW Government under the Future Drought Fund.

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