The Victorian Government is continuing to provide support for farmers and rural communities affected by drought and dry seasonal conditions. In October a further $31.6 million in targeted support in Central and East Gippsland, the Millewa and surrounds and the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District was announced to provide immediate support for farm businesses and households and also help build their long-term resilience.
The package includes:
$15 million for a Farmers’ Drought Fund
$5.2 million for a Local Government Services Support Payment
$4.6 million for the Catchment Management Authority Drought Employment Program
$2.3 million for Farm Business Management and Planning Support services
$2 million for mental health support.
The On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant Program
This program is now open to assist eligible farm businesses to invest in on-farm drought preparedness and to seek business advice. A grant of up to $5,000 (GST exclusive) per farm business is available to assist eligible farm businesses to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements and or undertake business planning and advice activities.
The Scheme is available to eligible farm businesses in the following local government areas:
Wellington and East Gippsland
Eligible farm businesses located in Wellington Shire and East Gippsland Shire.
Far North West Victoria – Millewa
Eligible dryland farm businesses located in the far north west corner of Victoria, generally known as the Millewa and surrounding areas. This incorporates the following towns and locality areas in the Mildura Shire: Carwarp, Cullulleraine, Lindsay Point, Meringur, Merrinee, Neds Corner, Wargan and Werrimull.
Goulburn Murray Irrigation District
Eligible irrigation farm businesses, including those that have transitioned from irrigation production systems to dryland production since 1 July 2018, located in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID).
For more information about other drought and dry seasonal conditions support from Agriculture Victoria go to agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons or call 136 186