“I’ve seen enough. The drought hub is a better way forward”

The Drought Hub’s North West Node Project Officer Jenna Allan said she has seen enough disastrous consequences of drought on farmers, the landscape and rural communities. Jenna believes there is a better way.

“The drought hub is a fresh way forward. In the past, in times of drought, we’ve seen coverage on the news of dust storms, bare paddocks and tear-jerking interviews with struggling farmers. Drought has been tough. The depictions aren’t lying. Through the drought hub however, the aim is these headlines will no longer be the ‘go-to’ story when the media and those in the city, think of drought.  We know there are going to be droughts in the future. The drought hub is about changing drought’s impact, changing the story, our story.”

For Jenna—whose family were forced to sell their farm in the millennial drought—the drought hub is an exciting development: “In small communities we are so used to moulding what we need into what the funding is asking for, with the drought hub we already have the money! This is our opportunity to use it to break the cycle and carve a new way forward! By listening closely to our farmers and our communities across northwest Victoria, by looking at the research, we can stop recovering from drought’s impacts and instead start to sidestep them and continue moving forward.

To find these diverse and unique pathways, Jenna will first heavily consult with farmers, land managers, councils, community groups and organisations, as well as government. “I really want to talk to anyone with an idea, an experience, a vision. By actively listening to what our region needs The Drought Hub’s North West Node can develop proactive strategies that benefit all.

“We can’t control the weather but through the drought hub, we can take our power back.”

The Victorian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub is funded by the Commonwealth Government and will contribute $8 million over four years through the Future Drought Fund.

To speak with Jenna Allan call 0457 559 745.

 

Pic cap: Drought Hub North West Node’s Project Officer Jenna Allan visited Corack farmer Ben Brennan on farm to discuss his vision for how the Drought Hub’s North West Node could best support his family farm and community in anticipation of the next drought. Pictured left to right: Jenna Allan, Adeline, Ben, Frank and Katharine Brennan.

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