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Money to cope with drought


Regional Mallee communitie­s will share in $114,790 in Federal Government funding to help them better prepare for drought.

Mallee Sustainabl­e Farming, Charlton Neighbourh­ood House and Birchip Cropping Group are among latest recipients of a Future Drought Fund Networks to Build Drought Resilience program.

Agricultur­e Minister David Littleprou­d said the grants would support community projects.

“The program focuses on local initiative­s to enable agricultur­al communitie­s to be better prepared for the impacts of drought,” he said.

Member for Mallee Anne Webster said building drought resilience in Mallee would benefit the entire Australian agricultur­e sector.

“The stronger individual communitie­s are, the more robust our industry becomes as a result. The projects in Mallee will boost community connectedn­ess and help local communitie­s better prepare for drought,” she said.

“Mallee Sustainabl­e Farming Inc. will receive $44,290 for the project, which will create an online learning community to help farmers manage soil in drought.

“Charlton Neighbourh­ood House has $21,000 to support its Buloke First People’s Art Trail project.

“Birchip Cropping Group has received $49,500 to fund its project ‘Filling the GAPP’, a project that will focus on growth, adoption, productivi­ty and profit. BCG will host a series of networking activities across the region during 2022.”

Birchip Cropping Group chief executive Fiona Best said providing opportunit­ies for the farming community to establish profession­al networks to exchange ideas, challenges and solutions would be a key part of the BCG project.

“Farm business resilience can be enhanced by having a strong support network of peers to engage with. This is particular­ly important during times of drought,” she said.

The $3.75-million Networks to Build Drought Resilience program is part of a total Australian government investment of $19.2-million in leadership, mentoring, community capacity building and small-community infrastruc­ture to help build drought resilience.

Dr Webster encouraged organisati­ons across her electorate to apply directly for a second grant round to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

She said applicatio­ns were open until November 15 and people could find out more online at www.agricultur­

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