Regional Drought Resilience Planning

Planning by the regions, for the regions.

Canola fields – Cootamundra-Gundagai Council

The Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program is being delivered as part of the Future Ready Regions Strategy, with joint funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Future Drought Fund and NSW Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Future Ready Regions is the NSW Government’s commitment to building strong communities and diversified regional economies that are not just built to survive but are able to thrive during drought.

The Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program aims to empower regional communities to plan for the future by working with local councils, NSW government agencies, communities and industries to become more resilient against the impacts of drought and other challenges.

As part of the Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program, six Local Government Areas across NSW have been identified for a pilot program. 

Pilot program locations:

  • Hilltops and Upper Lachlan
  • Gwydir and Inverell
  • Tamworth and Walcha

The pilot program will support partnerships of councils, regional organisations, communities, industries and farmers to develop plans at the local level, enhanced by community-led initiatives, and valuable regional knowledge and local perspectives. 

The NSW Government is committed to building sustainable and diverse regional economies, reducing the vulnerability of communities to changing economic conditions and accelerating recovery.

For more information, contact the project team at

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