Helping our farmers and farming communities is my number one priority. Today I am announcing the next steps of my Government’s drought response. I will be hosting a National Drought Summit on 26 October, 2018.
The Coordinator-General for Drought, Major General Stephen Day, and the Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP have been listening to farmers across the nation.
They want coordinated action to support drought-affected families and their communities, and hosting a Drought Summit will unite our national efforts.
The Summit will put our national leaders, key people and organisations together at the same table. We will look at actions to deliver assistance, cut red tape and tackle gaps that need addressing.
We’re ensuring families and communities in drought-affected areas are getting what they need. We need to act and respond to the immediate issues while we are putting in place better frameworks for long-term preparedness and resilience.