Future Drought Fund Supporting North East Victoria’s Drought Resilience

• First round grants announced for Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program. • $1.4 million investment for 33 grants awarded across Australia. • The program builds the skills and capacity of people and communities and delivers small-scale infrastructure. North East Victoria’s Ovens & Murray AgBiz Alliance (AgBiz Assist Limited) will receive more…

Vegetation program a win for Bendigo farmers

Farmers in Victoria’s North-Central region can now apply for the Australian Government’s $22.3 million Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud, Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and Member for Nicholls Damian Drum said the pilot was a key component of the government’s $66.1 million Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package that is…

Opinion Editorial – It’s easy being green in Kooyong or Wentworth (As seen in the Australian Financial Review)

It is fashionable for the commentariat to try to frame the Nationals as anti-environmentalist energy dinosaurs – the last political party holding out against a tide of public opinion wanting to embrace an economy not reliant on fossil fuels. The truth is much more prosaic. First, as people from the regions we care for the…

Smart Farms Small Grants boost for soil in North East Victoria

Individuals and organisations in North East Victoria can apply for a share of $13 million in Australian Government Smart Farms Small Grants funding for activities to assist farmers and land managers improve their understanding and management of their soil. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the round provided an exciting opportunity for…

Paying Bendigo farmers to improve native remnant vegetation

The Liberal and Nationals Government’s Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot will see farmers, including those from Bendigo being paid for biodiversity benefits from the management of existing native vegetation. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said farmers have been managing biodiversity on their farms for decades and it was time they were paid for…

Liberal and Nationals Government creates history with new Agriculture Visa

The Liberal and Nationals Government has delivered a vital agriculture visa to help secure the future of rural and regional Australia. The Agricultural Worker Visa will provide a long-term, reliable workforce for our critical industries while solving one of the great challenges facing regional Australia in recent history. Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria…

Victorian Government Deals Another Blow To Local Timber Industry

The Victorian State Labor Government has undercut Australian businesses, after selecting to use imported timber for the construction of Melbourne Metro’s new Anzac Station, rather than hardwood sustainably grown and processed in Victoria. Nationals Senate Leader and Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie said the decision to use engineered timber from the German company, Hess Timber undermines…