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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Have your say on the future of Queensland’s Drought Program

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Have your say on the future of Queensland’s Drought Program

    Help shape the future of Queensland’s drought program by attending a regional forum in your area or submitting your thoughts online.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said it was vital that producers gave their feedback on what can be improved and how better resilience can be built in the future to the independent panel.

    “With drought foremost in people’s minds, now is the best time to work with industry and the community to review government, industry and community actions through this drought and think about improvements for future droughts,” Mr Furner said. 

    “Ruth Wade and Charles Burke have been appointed to an independent panel to run the review and make recommendations to improve resilience and assistance for future droughts in line with national drought policy.

    “The panel are holding forums in six regional locations and are seekingwritten submissions through the drought program review website until October 2018.

    “I encourage community members to attend these forums to have their say and to submit their thoughts online for the panel to consider.

    “They will consider what has worked well, and what could be improved and how we can better prepare for future droughts.

    “Ms Wade and Mr Burke have a strong industry background and understanding of the pressures of drought in rural communities, being former Chief Executive Officers of the Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) and AgForce Queensland respectively.”

    The Drought Program Review workshops will be held at:

    Date

    Time

    Forum

    Venue

    28 September

    12.00 – 2.00pm

    Dalby

    BMO Conference Centre

    178 Drayton Street, Dalby

    2 October

    10am – 12pm

    Charleville

    The Town Hall

    Wills Street, Charleville

    3 October

    11.30am – 1.30pm

    Ayr

    Burdekin Theatre

    Burdekin Shire Council

    161 Queen Street, Ayr

    4 October

    11am – 1.00pm

    Cloncurry

    Cloncurry Community Precinct

    Selwyn and Mary Kathleen Rooms

    37 Scarr Street, Cloncurry

    5 October

    1.30 – 3.30pm

    Bundaberg

    Bundaberg Multiplex Centre

    1 Civic Street, Bundaberg West

    8 October

    9.30 – 11.30am

    Longreach

    Civic and Cultural Centre

    Fairmont West Room

    Longreach Regional Council

    96a Eagle Street, Longreach

    For further information visit qld.gov.au/droughtreview or call 13 25 23

    Media: Brock Taylor - 0427 018 178