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Drought affects entire communities – it doesn’t stop at the farm gate.

For the move to drought preparedness and resilience to be successful, Federal and State governments must work in partnership with local government. The eight recommendations in the Queensland Local Government Drought Action Plan would see all partners working together to empower our communities and businesses to better plan for, respond and adapt to drought.

All levels of government need to work together to integrate drought into existing disaster management arrangements, thereby ending the artificial distinction between drought and other disasters such as cyclones, flood and fire. This will provide the systematic approach needed to ensure that communities are supported by policies and programs that will sustain them – and their businesses and economies – when meeting the challenges of severe drought.

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Contact Kirsten Pietzner, Lead – Resource Sector & Regional Development for further information.