Fu­ture Drought Fund gets in­put from Roma

The Western Star - - News - JORJA MCDONNELL [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

PRE­VENT­ING hard­ship in a drought has been the aim of the tour­ing Fu­ture Drought Fund team, which held a fo­rum in Roma this week.

It was one of nearly 50 ses­sions on a pro­gram which criss­crosses the coun­try, seek­ing in­put from dif­fer­ent re­gions on how the gov­ern­ment can bet­ter sup­port farm­ers.

“One of the things that came up at Roma, and we have heard all over the place, is the im­por­tance of wa­ter man­age­ment in times that are re­ally crit­i­cal, like we are now,” chair­man of the Fu­ture Drought Fund con­sul­ta­tive com­mit­tee Brent Fin­lay said.

Once they are fin­ished con­sult­ing face-to-face, Mr Fin­lay and his com­mit­tee will be re­view­ing sug­ges­tions sub­mit­ted the pub­lic, and he is en­cour­ag­ing all ru­ral res­i­dents to have their say.

“This is re­ally im­por­tant – we want to hear from as many peo­ple as we can, whether they are farm­ers, or peo­ple who live in the towns,” he said.

“It is a rare op­por­tu­nity to have in­put in to some­thing that is be­ing built, so please go on the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture web­site, look at the fu­ture drought plan, and send a sub­mis­sion to us.”

Pic­ture: Jorja McDonnell

LET’S TALK: At­ten­dees of the Fu­ture Drought Fo­rum in Roma on Wednes­day.

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