Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Federal Government Future Drought Fund – Networks to Build Drought Resilience program will further support community led projects to build local drought resilience.

“The program focuses on local initiatives to enable agricultural communities to be better prepared for the impacts of drought.”

“The stronger individual communities are, the more robust our industry becomes as a result,” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said Women Together Learning (WoTL) has received a grant of $49,891 to deliver a project called “100 billion reasons”, which includes training workshops for rural groups to build collective knowledge to support communities deal with impacts of hard times during drought.

“WoTL provide insightful leadership through collaboration in an effort to elevate women’s positive influence. They identify and deliver responsive and effective initiatives such as professional development and networking.”

WoTL Executive Officer Kim Blenkiron said “Labour is a key limiting aspect of the Australian agricultural industry. If the industry is to meet its 2030 target of $100 billion of farm gate output, agriculture needs to focus on attracting and retaining skilled labour.”

“WoTL’s (Women Together Learning) project “100 billion reasons”, that has received funding from FRRR and the Australia Government through the Future Drought Fund, will provide training and networking to upskill rural businesses in modern human resource leadership to prepare SA rural businesses and regional communities for 2030.” Mr Blenkiron said.

“An added bonus for regional communities is the skills developed during the program are highly transferable into volunteer roles individuals may hold in local sporting and service groups and will assist to build the capacity of community organisations as well.” Mr Blenkiron said.

The Federal Government Future Drought Fund – Networks to Build Drought Resilience program is being delivered in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).