Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program


NACC NRM, DPIRD and the Mid West Development Commission have joined forces to deliver a regional drought resilience plan for the northern Wheatbelt, covering the City of Greater Geraldton and the Shires of Chapman Valley and Northampton. The regional drought resilience planning process brings regional organisations, local government, communities and industry together to prepare for future drought risk and identify priority actions to build drought resilience.

View the Mid West video case studies here.

The Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program is one of the programs under the $5 billion federal Future Drought Fund, a fund that invests in building resilience to drought for farmers, allied industries and regional communities. In Western Australia, during the foundation year, drought resilience plans will be developed in the Great Southern, Mid West and Wheatbelt regions.

Regional drought resilience plans are community led plans that present the historical and expected future impacts of drought in the focal regions, based on the best available evidence. The plans will also contain an assessment of drought risk and adaptation pathways, based on expert input and extensive stakeholder consultation. Finally, plans will include a pipeline of investible drought resilience projects that address the specific needs and priorities of agriculture and allied industries and inform future investments in drought resilience and agricultural adaptation in the regions.

In the Mid West, we have established a Project Advisory Committee made up of local government representatives, NGOs, Grower Groups and agribusiness to guide development of the plan. We are working hard to develop a drought resilience plan that will help to ensure that our regional communities are prepared for future droughts, build environmental, economic and social resilience to droughts, improve natural resource management and are well-positioned to take advantage of emerging opportunities for investment in drought resilience in regional Australia.

For RDRP FAQs click here.

To read the Mid West RDRP Factsheet, click here. 

To read the Executive Summary Report from Interviews with Farmers in the Mid West, click here.

For more information about the Future Drought Fund, click here.

For more information about the Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program, click here.

This project is supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.


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