Three local farming groups in regional Victoria will share in a total of nearly $400,000 worth of federal funding to help build more drought resilience.
It’s part of the Australian Government’s Natural Resource Management (NRM) Drought Resilience Program worth $13.4 million.
North-east Victoria based Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie said 15 projects in Victoria will benefit from the latest grants round. Locally, they include:
- $111,000 for Ovens Landcare Network Incorporated to provide landholders with resources to plan for and manage drought conditions by increasing knowledge of how water, landscape and vegetation interact.
- $49,400 for Riverine Plains Incorporated to improve soil to optimise water use on farms.
- $39,500 for The Classic Pastoral Pty Ltd to plant fodder shrub and reduce reliance on imported sheep fodder at the family run and operated sheep meat and wool business.
- $200,000 for Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups Incorporated for a soil carbon farming demonstration project on the border.
“This funding will help local farmer groups and ag organisations adapt their practices to increase drought resilience,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Our farmers are well accustomed to climate variability and this latest funding will help support them.”