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Street Address:
24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
Email: wcma@wcma.vic.gov.au
 
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 5:00pm
(excluding Public Holidays and Christmas - New Year Closure.  Office may also be closed for short periods Monday mornings)

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On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants

Feb 11, 2019
 
Farm Drought Infrastructure Grants

North West dry seasons support and advice available now

For many farmers throughout North West Victoria, 2018 was a difficult year. A late break, followed by significantly below average growing season rainfall, meant that crops and pasture were facing an uphill battle. This has resulted in a below average to poor harvest in most areas.

In October, the Victorian Government announced the dry seasonal conditions support package to assist farmers and communities manage the current dry seasonal conditions and prepare for the potential for challenging years into the future.

There are several grants and programs available through the support package. North West Victorian farmers can apply to the Drought Infrastructure Grant Program for grants up to $5,000.

Eligible farm businesses are required to provide at least dollar for dollar matching co-contribution funding.

The grants will assist farm businesses implement on-farm infrastructure that improves dry seasonal conditions management and preparedness.

Eligible infrastructure improvements include:

  • Items to construct a new or upgrade an existing Stock Containment Area
  • Reticulated water systems using pumps, tanks and troughs for livestock
  • Irrigation system upgrades
  • Grain and fodder storage
  • Farm monitoring technology
  • Feeding system upgrades

Find out more at www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/on-farm-drought-infrastructure-grant

The program is now available to eligible farm businesses in the following Local Government Areas: Buloke, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Northern Grampians, and Yarriambiack.

So far, there has been great uptake of the infrastructure grants and farmers are building infrastructure such as Stock Containment Areas and water reticulation systems.

Expert technical and business support is being rolled out across the region. Workshops and technical information sessions are assisting farmers make early farm management decisions covering animal health, feed budgeting and land management. Stock Containment Area workshops, that have been delivered recently, will continue in 2019.

Robert O’Shannessy has been appointed as the Agriculture Victoria North West Dry Seasonal Conditions Coordinator. In this position, Robert will work with all agencies and community groups to ensure strong awareness of the support measures available.

Mental health is another key focus of the Government’s package. Mental health support counselling has been boosted, and the National Centre for Farmer Health will work with communities to provide information about health, wellbeing and safety for farming families and communities.

Rob’s message is clear, “Make early and informed decisions about your farm management and stay connected to your local community – don’t go it alone”.

We encourage you to regularly check the Agriculture Victoria website for the most current information about workshops, advice and information and other services available to you - www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons

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