Temora & Bland Shire Drought Resilience Plan

Temora Shire Council will lead a Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program to help prepare, respond, and recover from periods of extended dry. Collectively, Temora and Bland Shire Councils received $200,000 to develop a joint Drought Resilience Plan from the NSW Regional Growth Fund as part of the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund initiative.

The program seeks to understand how residents and businesses beyond the farm gate are impacted by drought and develop community-led strategies that increase our collective resilience to those impacts.

Through this process we want to uncover ideas that will help us be stronger and better prepared for drought which is an inevitable part of life in our shire. The more community input, the better the plan will be.

Consulting firm, WSP Australia, is a leader in stakeholder engagement and resilience planning, and have been engaged to undertake the project between now and the end of the year.

The program will be led by a small, local team working in conjunction with experienced consultants from WSP who have delivered drought resilience plans for other rural communities in Australia.

The first phase of the program is already underway, with WSP undertaking a preliminary desktop review of existing strategy documents prior to commencing consultation with the community.

Community-wide input and co-designed is imperative to identify real solutions to very real economic, social, and environmental impacts to our region as a result of drought.

For the most up to date information on the project, sign up to the Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/temorablanddrp/