Meeting held on drought funding

Eyre Peninsula locals will have an opportunity for face-to-face consultation on the federal government's Future Drought Fund tomorrow at a meeting held in Whyalla.

From July 1 2020, the government has committed $100 million a year to the fund to invest in drought resilience projects.

An independent consultative committee commenced six weeks of public consultation at the start of November including meetings across the country.

The South Australian meeting will be held in Whyalla on Friday November 8 from 11am to 12.30pm.

Drought minister David Littleproud said the consultation period would help inform the consultative committee on the best ways to improve drought resilience across the country.

"The Consultative Committee is particularly interested in hearing from farmers, local communities and industry organisations," he said.

He said improved drought resilience could come from new tools, better financial and business planning, improved climate forecasting and more.

Mr Littleproud encouraged rural people to get involved.

"This is the opportunity for our farmers, industry and rural communities to have a significant contribution on how we prepare for future droughts," he said.

Those interested in contributing can register for the Whyalla event or have their say online by visiting haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/future-drought-fund.