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PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
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23rd March 2016
Last week a film crew went out to the picturesque Lake Hindmarsh to produce a short documentary on Wimmera CMA’s drought employment crews.
We’ve had crews working across the Wimmera since before Christmas, with the Victorian Government’s Drought Support package providing employment for 19 people.
We are really pleased the government has extended that program and we recently called for further expressions of interest to join new crews that will start work in early April.
Crew members come from a range of backgrounds and include grain growers, farm workers, agricultural business owners and sheep producers.
They are working on community and environmental projects in partnership with councils, Landcare and communities. Work they’re doing includes pest plant and animal control, walking track upgrades, restoring wetland and stormwater wetland areas, riparian fencing and clean-ups around public halls, parks, flora and fauna reserves, museums and along the Wimmera River.
It’s not just the paid employment they are enjoying – it’s getting together with others, working as a team and contributing towards community and environmental projects.
Ken Dodds from Nhill says the team aspect has been brilliant. “It’s been great working with Wimmera CMA and going to the local towns. And now here we are in this beautiful setting in the wetlands north of Lake Hindmarsh doing fencing for conservation. I’d say have a look at it and give it a go – lots of us do voluntary stuff and this is a good initiative. It’s a bit of employment as well as doing great things for your area and for your district.”
Steve Sallmann from Dimboola says the program’s flexibility works well and having income coming in was helpful. But the main benefits he enjoys are getting together with other people and contributing to community projects.
“Working with different people, doing different jobs, but mainly working with people is really good. A lot of days are highlights. We worked at the Jeparit Museum and a few jobs we did there and they (the local community) were delighted. They were jobs they thought would never get done and they were so appreciative and we felt pretty good about it. Some are doing it hard and some harder than others – but this is not all about that – it’s about getting with other people, a bit of money coming in, enjoying yourself. It’s a good program; you’re not tied to three or four days a week. It’s worth a go – it’s really good.”
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