Tumby Bay Progress Association will receive $45,000 to improve farmers skills in effective communication and digital literacy under Round 2 of the Networks to Build Drought Resilience program.
Three agricultural communities on the Eyre Peninsula will benefit from over $180,000 to help them better prepare for drought thanks to the Federal Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund.
The fund’s second round of the will further support these community led projects to build local drought resilience.
Rowan Ramsey MP welcomed the announcements and said the three projects on the EP would boost community connectedness and help local communities better prepare for drought.
“I commend the proponents of these excellent projects all of which will bring great benefits to their local communities,” he said.
The Tumby Bay project will build drought resistance through enabling 50 locals to participate in a 16-week communication and literacy training program. The project will support ongoing community engagement through an online networking tool for the community to continue sharing ideas and experiences to continue building connectedness.
Program co-ordinator Janene Piip said she was delighted the program has received funding.
“There is much focus on farmers being more productive on their farms, but now there can be a focus on developing communications skills,” she said.
“During tough times good communication skills can help farmers get through and better communication skills can help farmers diversify.”
The District Council of Steaky Bay will receive $27,000 for ‘Rural Women’s Gathering 2022’. This project will develop the community’s preparedness to the impacts of drought through a networking event. The event will encourage both regional and local women across SA to share experiences and skills whilst also providing women with tools and training so they are better prepared to respond to hard times, including during times of drought.
The Wudinna and Le Hunte District Agricultural, Horticultural & Floricultural Society will receive $109,417 to capture flood water from areas at the showgrounds where flooding occurs and use it to maintain the green areas at the showgrounds.
Through this second round of the Networks to Build Resilience program, $5.2 million in value will be delivered on the ground to help prepare for drought. The $5.2 million is made up of $2.3 million from the Future Drought Fund, $0.8 million in funding raised by the FRRR and $2.1 million in cash and in-kind co-investment from grantees.
The program is being delivered in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).
The recent funding announcement builds on the four successful projects in the Mid North and Eyre Peninsula who received more than $250,000 worth of funding through Round 1 last year.
- The Networks to Build Drought Resilience is a program under the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund.
- The Future Drought Fund provides a secure, continuous funding of $100 million per year for drought resilience initiatives.
- FRRR is a non-profit organisation focused on building the local networks and capabilities that underpin vibrant and resilient rural and regional communities.
Contact 8633 1744
9 March 2022