Case Study

Drought Resilience Planning for Regional Communities


As part of the Future Drought Fund planning process, we worked with the Department Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), and the Wheatbelt and Great Southern Development Commission to work with stakeholders to develop detailed Regional Drought Resilience Plans.

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Evidence-based, community-driven drought resilience planning

The State Government needed a science-based drought resilience planning process that responded to community level priorities to guide investment as part of the Future Drought Fund.

We were engaged to support Development Commission staff undertake a consultation and communication process, and then develop Regional Drought Resilience Plans for the Central Wheatbelt and Upper Great Southern, and peer review the plan for the Mid West Midlands. This covered 16 local government areas and was the culmination of comprehensive research, analysis and stakeholder consultation.


Regional Drought Resilience Planning Process

We were commissioned to undertake two major components of these DVAs, including a comprehensive Literature Review exploring and synthesising a broad range of drought-related material (academic, technical, policy) as well as developing a Socio-Economic-Environmental Analysis of 16 key LGAs in the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Mid West regions. More detail can be found here.

This work became foundational content for the DVAs, prepared for the Future Drought Fund Program. Having completed these critical components, we were then engaged to peer review the completed DVAs. To inform the Regional Drought Resilience Plans (RDRPs), we were commissioned to develop regional stakeholder engagement plans and then coached Development Commission Staff as they implemented these plans in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions.

Informed by these insights and research, along with extensive technical expert material commissioned by DPIRD, we were engaged to prepare RDRPs for the Wheatbelt (5 local government areas (LGAs)) and Great Southern (8 LGAs) and to peer review the Midwest Plan (3 LGAs, RDRP prepared by the State).

Stakeholder Consultation & Communications Support

We developed detailed and practical stakeholder consultation plans and all supporting material (desktop published following the agency’s various style guides) to guide the engagement process to inform the development of Drought Resilience Plans and manage risk. We also managed the development of all communications material, in line with branding guidelines, for the program.

Our team also supported Commission staff implement the plans with advice on stakeholder management. We transformed information generated as part of the consultation process into engaging desktop-published material to share back with stakeholders to close the loop.

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These plans were the foundation of the State Government’s submission to the Federal Government’s Future Drought Fund. This unlocked $10.1m in funding along with $10.1m matched by the State Government for the implementation of these two plans and the RDRP for the Midwest.

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