Future Drought Fund creating drought resilient leaders in Queensland

The Australia Government is investing in building drought resilient leaders through the $5 billion Future Drought Fund (FDF). 

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud said 23 participants have been selected for the Drought Resilience Leaders program in Central West Queensland.

“Farmers and members of the community here in Central West Queensland will have the opportunity to join a cohort of forward-thinkers and work with others to drive action in their community to prepare for future drought,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The program gives future leaders in rural and regional areas the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through leadership development and undertake community activities.

23 participants from Central West Queensland were selected after a competitive application process. They will take part in a mix of residential and remote training, including personal and community resilience, and network and adaptive leadership.

The Drought Resilience Leaders program is a partnership between the Australian Government and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Limited (ARLF).

ARLF will work with the next generation of rural and regional leaders to develop their leadership capabilities, encouraging them to work together with their communities to better prepare for drought.

For more information about the Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders program and other FDF programs visit: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund 

Drought Resilience Leaders:

  • The Drought Resilience Leaders is a program under the $5 billion Future Drought Fund. The FDF provides a secure, continuous funding of $100 million per year for drought resilience initiatives.
  • In parallel with leadership development, ARLF will be running a national mentoring program to foster informal knowledge sharing to build drought resilience of farmers.
  • A total of 12 regions will run Leadership Development. Central West Queensland was one of two pilot regions. An additional seven regions are open for applications. The remaining three regions will open for applications early in 2022.

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