Funding for drought-affected farmers20/01/2016
The State Government is backing drought-affected farmers with an additional $100,000 in funding to provide grants of up to $2000 for farmers to implement stock containment areas.
The new funding is in addition to the $10 million Drought Response Fund allocated in November 2015.The new funding will be split across the four Catchment Management Authorities administering the Stock Containment Area grants program in the Wimmera, Mallee, North Central and Goulburn Broken regions.
This new funding is in addition to the $500,000 allocated for stock containment area grants through the Government’s $27 million drought package launched in November 2015.
Stock containment areas deliver a range of benefits during drought conditions, including minimising soil erosion, enabling faster pasture recovery, limiting the spread of weeds and allowing for good stock management.
The four Catchment Management Authorities administering this program will continue to work through existing applications and a new application period will not be required. High priority applications are being assessed first to ensure the program is delivered in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Information on the drought support available can be found at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/drought or through the Drought Information Line on 136 186.