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…

Opinion Editorial – Protection for the regions crucial to any net-zero emissions deals (As seen in The Australian)

Three major industry bodies, which have been allies during the decade-long climate debate, have recently backflipped to support net-zero emissions by 2050. Interestingly, they have collectively recognised that the real impact of decarbonising our economy will be felt most acutely in regional Australia. The Business Council of Australia, National Farmers Federation and the Minerals Council…

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…