DROUGHT FUND PASSED: Farmers will received $100 million a year to assist with building drought resilience.
DROUGHT FUND PASSED: Farmers will received $100 million a year to assist with building drought resilience. Michael Nolan

Drought resilience enhanced through future drought fund

A $100 MILLION promise has been delivered to farmers in the region after David Littleproud's Future Drought Fund was passed through the lower house.

Mr Littleproud told the Dalby Herald now was the time for the government to prioritise funding for drought-stricken regions.

"The Coalition promised a Future Drought Fund and we've delivered for our farmers,” he said.

"The Future Drought Fund will invest $100 million a year in perpetuity into drought preparedness and resilience, especially in places prone to drought as large parts of Queensland are.

"This is in addition to the existing $1.9billion in federal support for farmers and communities currently being delivered.

"This means guaranteed investment in drought preparedness and resilience in both the good and bad years - and that investment can't be just taken away with the stroke of a pen.”

Mr Littleproud criticised the opposition for dragging their feet when approving the fund, accusing them of "politicising” the drought.

"Labor voted against the fund in October in one of the lowest acts in Australian political history, and delayed supporting it this week in an added insult to farmers,” he said.

The fund will focus on drought resilience coming into the dryer, warmer seasons. This comes shortly after the Southern Downs Regional Council introduced critical water restrictions this week.

"Investments made by the fund will be guided by a consultative committee of experts who will consult for six weeks in drought affected areas before making recommendations,” Mr Littleproud said.

"Projects such as extension work helping inform farmers how best to cope with drought, and dog fencing are the types of projects which will be considered by the consultative committee.”



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