Drought Adoption Officers

We have engaged seven Drought Adoption Officers across the state to assist landholders with drought planning and preparedness extension services.

The Drought Adoption Officer program is funded from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund through the Southern NSW Innovation Hub and Southern Queensland Northern NSW Hub to support landholders to uptake of Future Drought Fund tools and drought resilience innovations at a localised, on-farm, community level.

Local Land Services has received $1.5 million funding to deliver this program until June 2024.

Who is your local Drought Adoption Officer?

  • South East – Mitch Andrew | M: 0436 681 650
  • North West – Joe Barry | M: 0409 994 054
  • Murray – Martin Preuss | M: 0455 729 318
  • Riverina – Geoff Minchin | M: 0429 842 489
  • North Coast – Alix Johnston | M: 0448 248 325
  • Central West – Bonnie Mitchell | M: 0447 185 133
  • State-wide – Matt Champness | M: 0457 514 605

How can landholders get involved?

Local Drought Adoption Officers will be on the ground in regional areas, providing the following benefits to landholders:

  • one-on-one advice about drought resilience and preparedness
  • one-on-one advice and general drought awareness at local events such as field days
  • hosting workshops on drought preparedness including confinement feeding, decision making tools and farm planning
  • delivery of state-wide drought preparedness activities such as webinars and workshops.

For more information

Contact the project manager, Nyssa Belton-Liddy from Local Land Services on:
E: nyssa.belton-liddy@lls.nsw.gov.au
M: 0400 957 308

Otherwise, please get in touch with one of our project partners:

Australian Government, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry logo, Future Drought Fund Logo, SQNNSW Innovation Hub logo, Southern NSW Innovation Hub Sustainable Agriculture, Landscapes and Communities logo with 'This project received funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund'.

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