The panel reviewing the pilot of drought reform measures in Western Australia has called for submissions from interested individuals, organisations and communities.
The $23 million pilot is testing measures designed to increase the resilience and capacity of farmers, farming families and their communities to better prepare for and self-manage drought, climatic variability and reduced water availability.
It is also trialling services for farming families and rural communities that provide more effective social support. The pilot runs from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.
Drought Pilot Review Panel chair, Mick Keogh, is encouraging people to have their say on the pilot.
“In examining whether the pilot measures are on the right track, the panel is especially keen to receive responses to the questions raised in the issues paper,” Mr Keogh said.
On 1 February 2010, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced the review panel, which will report to the Australian and Western Australian governments by 30 September 2011.
The review will consider the capacity of the pilot measures, over the long term, to:
- Improve the ability of farmers to adapt and to manage farm risks
- Support farmers in the sustainable management of natural resources
- Deliver more effective and equitable social support for farming families and rural communities.
Mr Keogh is joined on the panel by Ms Sue Middleton and Mr Bob Granger.
Submissions close Wednesday 20 April 2011.