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Drought policy – why an urgent nationwide rethink is needed

Guest Author, 18 September 2018

In this contributed opinion article Roma farmer Charles Nason outlines how decades of strategic thinking on drought policy have been alarmingly overlooked or ignored and outlines why drought policy must be seen as an issue of critical importance to every Australian.

Drought is inevitable

Guest Author, 28 August 2018

Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery, will have to be careful he doesn’t do more harm than good in his new role, writes University of Melbourne economics Professor John Freebairn.

NSW DPI releases drought guide in time for spring

Beef Central, 24 August 2018

The NSW Department for Primary Industries (DPI) has launched its ‘Managing and Preparing for Drought Guide’, just in time for spring to give the State’s primary producers relevant information to help them make informed decisions.

NSW appoints advisor to watch for drought freight subsidy rorting

Beef Central, 15 August 2018

The New South Wales Government has appointed an independent advisor to monitor its Drought Transport Subsidy program and freight prices during drought, warning it will not tolerate anyone rorting or gaming the system. 

Westpac commits $100 million to support lending under new Drought Assistance Package

Beef Central, 09 August 2018

In response to the exceptional drought circumstances affecting all Australian states, Westpac has today announced it is extending its support to customers under a new Drought Assistance Package.

PM and senior ministers talk drought in western NSW, Qld

Beef Central, 05 June 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken his drought “listening tour” through New South Wales and Queensland, visiting Dubbo, Trangie, Narromine, Blackall and heading to Charleville, and Boulia on a three-day tour with senior members of his cabinet.

Extreme El Niño events to stay despite stabilisation: CSIRO

Beef Central, 25 July 2017

The frequency of extreme El Niño events is projected to increase for a further century after global mean temperature is stabilised at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Rain eases Qld drought, but more than two-thirds still affected

Beef Central, 11 May 2017

The drought declared area of Queensland has reduced from a record 87.47 percent to 69.75pc, after the State’s agriculture minister accepted recommendations from local drought committees for revocations in several shires.

Wet June eases rainfall deficiencies

Beef Central, 07 July 2016

June 2016 was Australia’s second-wettest June on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Future funding secured for Rural Financial Counselling Service

Beef Central, 02 April 2016

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has welcomed the start of the new Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) funding round, which will deliver national coverage for rural communities and clients in need for the next three years.