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CURRENT GRANT ROUND - CLOSES 9 JANUARY 2023

Future Drought Fund: Extension and Adoption of Drought Resilience Farming Practices

The objective of the program is to fund activities that support adoption of proven and existing Australian and/or internationally generated research and development (R&D) practices and technology that: 

  • reduce the impacts of drought on agricultural productivity and/or enable a quicker recovery of farmers and their lands from drought

  • have potential to be adopted at a large scale (either across multiple farms, a farming system, landscapes, regions or industries)

  • can demonstrate public benefits

Under the program, eligible applicants can apply for grants of between $100,000 and $3 million (GST exclusive) per application for projects up to 24 months. Successful projects must be carried out between June 2023 and June 2025. Applicants will be required to contribute funding (co-contribution/s) to the delivery of the project.

If you have an idea for a project, get in touch with Regional Node Lead Jennifer Riseley.

SW WA DROUGHT RESILIENCE ADOPTION AND INNOVATION HUB
REGIONAL NODE - MANJIMUP ZONE

The South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (SW WA Hub) is harnessing the power of collaboration to enhance drought and climate resilient practices and accelerate innovation and adoption.

The SW WA Hub is set to transform the way farmers and communities prepare for and respond to drought. It has strong support from all segments of the WA supply chain and SW WA Hub partners are providing significant co-contributions. 

The SW WA Hub has appointed Regional Node Leads, which will provide guidance on priority issues impacting the drought and climate resilience of farming systems, their industries and communities.

 

Through nominated managers, the Regional Node Leads will help link the Hub to end users by gathering and sharing knowledge, coordinating local activities and support Hub activities. Node Lead positions are aligned with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development office locations.

Regional Node Leads include:

  • Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group (MADFIG) – Merredin

  • South East Premium Wheat Growers Association – Esperance

  • Facey Group – Narrogin

  • Stirlings to Coast Farmers – Albany

  • Southern Forests Food Council – Manjimup

  • South West Catchments Council – Bunbury

  • Northern Agricultural Catchments Council – Geraldton

  • Rangelands NRM Co-ordinating Group – Carnarvon

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The Manjimup Regional Node Lead is engaged through the Southern Forests Food Council and supported by the South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

Contact Manjimup Regional Node Leader - Jennifer Riseley on marketing@southernforestsfood.com or 08 9772 4180.

The SW WA Hub has developed a Situation Analysis for the South West region to provide baseline knowledge of drought-related agricultural initiatives that have occurred in recent years and to identify ‘gaps’ where new opportunities could enhance outcomes in a hotter, drier climate.

A workshop was held with the South West Regional Advisory Committee in August 2022 to agree on priority projects to be developed for the Future Drought Fund bid. The intended outcomes of the workshop was that:

•    Priority projects meet FDF guidelines
•    Regional and industry need is clearly described
•    Targeted consultation and scientific rigour underpins each project
 

We now ask for industry feedback on the South West priorities which can be found at the links below.

To provide feedback on the above, please contact Regional Node Leader Jennifer Riseley on marketing@southernforestsfood.com or 9772 4180.

PRIORITY PROJECTS

FUTURE DROUGHT FUND

Australia’s Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs are part of the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund. They will provide networks for researchers, primary producers, community groups and others to work together to enhance drought resilient practices within their region. This focus on collaboration will make agricultural research useful and accessible, increasing innovation and commercialisation opportunities.

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