Better Prepare For Drought – Early April Workshops 2024

March 27, 2024

The Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Councils are currently developing a Regional Drought Resilience Plan, with support from WSP, who are technical experts who design comprehensive and sustainable solutions and engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.

The equine and grazing industries, and the businesses involved in supporting or servicing them, have been identified by Council staff as a major source of economic activity in the region, as well as being impacted financially and emotionally when drought inevitably cycles around. WSP want to know what actions have the potential to assist the communities of the Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook and Singleton areas become stronger, with a more robust economy whilst reducing pressure on the natural environment.

WSP are hosting three in-person workshops next week, after Easter

  • Wednesday 3 April, 9.00-11.00am, Murrurundi RSL Hall (Mayne Street, Murrurundi 2338) – grazing / equine / community focus
  • Wednesday 3 April, 5.00-7.00pm at Gundy Soldiers Memorial Hall (Gundy Soldiers’ Memorial Hall 10-12 Duke Street 2337)  – equine industry focus
  • Thursday 4 April, 5.00-7.00pm, Sandy Hollow Hall (1613 Golden Hwy, Sandy Hollow NSW 2333) – grazing / equine / community focus

Whether you live in Cassilis, Widden or Baerami or Timor, Moonan Flat or Wingen or perhaps in the bigger towns of Scone, Merriwa or Denman, these workshops are for you. They are for all community members, from town businesses to community groups.

WSP are keen for the community to come along and share their ideas on how the region can be better prepared for drought in the future. People’s ideas will help shape the Regional Drought Resilience Plan being developed for the Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Councils. The Plan seeks to deliver an integrated, evidence-based strategy to build resilience and adapt to future drought impacts across the region. The Plan is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments under the Future Drought Fund. The events are free and light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP please contact Jacqui Bakewell, Ivan Skaines or Kylie Wallace