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More help is available to farming communities in Gippsland to help them weather future droughts.

Local MP Darren Chester has announced the Federal Government is offering $11.2 million through two competitive grant programs to build and maintain drought resilience.

Mr Chester said the grants programs, supported by the Future Drought Fund, would help producers, their families and farming communities in Gippsland.

“Many parts of region have experienced welcome high rainfalls, but there are areas where dams are yet to fill and farmers still need more rain,” Mr Chester said.

“I want these Gippslanders to know that work is still underway to support and help them.

“Community networks and leaders play a role in supporting communities to prepare for and pull through tough times.”

The Networks to Build Drought Resilience program focuses on strengthening community networks and facilities that can provide help during a drought, while the Drought Resilience Leaders program will support young and emerging leaders from across a range of sectors to develop, share and apply their skills and knowledge within their community.

Mr Chester said the programs would be managed by external providers with expertise to deliver the program activities tailored to regional needs.

“Taking these steps now to improve our resources and knowledge throughout the region will help to tackle future droughts,” Mr Chester said.

Applications for both grant programs close September 25, 2020. The successful providers are expected to be announced later this year.

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