DECISION MAKERS: The Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee has been announced.
DECISION MAKERS: The Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee has been announced. Max Fleet BUN030913DRY1

Women form 80 per cent of drought committee

A GROUP of eminent Australians has been established to deliver $100 million in drought resilience and preparedness programs to communities every year through the Future Drought Fund.

The committee will develop the Drought Resilience Funding Plan for the Fund, which begins with a $3.9 billion credit that will grow to $5 billion.

Minister for Drought David Littleproud said the Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee was an important milestone in taking action on drought.

"This committee is made up of people with track records of success in agricultural economics, managing climate risk, rural and regional development and natural resource management,” Mr Litteproud said.

"What's more, they come from rural and regional communities across Australia and the committee is 80 per cent women.”

Chair Brent Finlay and committee members Dr Kate Andrews, Dr Wendy Craik AM, Dr Elizabeth Peterson and Caroline Welsh will begin their work in Canberra later this month.