In October last year the State Government announced $25m in various forms of support for farmers who will be facing difficulties due to ongoing dry seasonal conditions (please see links below).
A cautious outlook is being taken as farmers head into summer with many already experiencing serious water deficiencies. Council is aware that additional resources and assistance will be required to support both the financial and the mental well-being of our local farmers.
Although our municipality is not officially declared to be in drought, there are a number of grants and funding options available to farmers through various Government and non-government departments. These include On-farm Drought Infrastructure support grants, Technical and Decision-Making support for Farm Businesses and AgriSafe, Health and Lifestyle Checks. Farmers who have been successful in gaining funding have been able to increase water catchment areas, build additional hay sheds and add further stock containment areas.
A dedicated dry seasonal information board has been established in the Wangaratta Government Centre foyer where people can pick up brochures and funding information. There is also additional funding being sought by Council to run community events that may help to alleviate the strain on farmers and their families. If any community groups feel that they would benefit from one of these events or would like further information, please contact Rachel Richards at Rural City of Wangaratta on 5722 0776 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the following documents for more information regarding drought support and funding: