Drought resilience is a key issue for many regional communities throughout Australia. Through work jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and WA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, South Coast NRM carried out community consultation through the inland Great Southern region.
Consultation identified a number of underpinning concepts for drought resilience, with consistent communication critical and relevant to all actions. Ongoing conversations need to take place to set the groundwork and build recognition of drought impacts and what’s needed for resilience. To support this, a systems approach is needed, recognising that a farm does not sit in isolation from its surrounding catchment and community. Drought impacts are felt well beyond the farm boundaries. In delivering this approach it is important that it is collaborative and leads to both individual and community empowerment.
View the Regional Drought Resilience Report.