National Drought & North Queensland
Flood Response & Recovery Agency
The National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 5 December 2019 to lead a national response to the drought affecting large parts of the country and to continue supporting North Queensland communities affected by wide-spread flooding in early 2019.
The Agency is led by the Hon Shane L Stone AC QC, Coordinator-General and Chairman of the Advisory Board. It was previously known as the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency (NQLIRA).
Working collaboratively with communities, all levels of government, the National Farmers’ Federation and related agricultural organisations, the Agency represents the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting communities who are living through the immediate and longer-term effects of drought and flood, ensuring they’re given the right level and type of support and advice at the right time, and are able to better prepare for and withstand future droughts and floods.
Its guiding principle is “Locally led, locally understood and locally implemented” and the Agency will bring together all levels of government, non-government and key industry representatives to work with and support people who are touched by flood and drought.
Agency focused on working together, simplifying and acting at Drought Roundtable and working group
On Thursday, 6 February 2020, Coordinator-General Shane Stone AC QC chaired the Agriculture Ministers' Working Group on Drought with representatives from state and territory governments, focussing on improving the effectiveness and coordination of drought recovery programs across the country.
On Friday, Mr Stone presented at the Drought Roundtable, chaired by Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud. He briefed the National Farmers' Federation, the Australian Banking Association, the Australian Local Government Association and state farming bodies on the work of our Agency, including its collaborative and pragmatic ‘boots on the ground’ approach. Read more...