Archives for June, 2016

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Helping Drought Affected Farmers Manage Their Risk

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting farmers to future proof against the impacts of drought with grants available from 1 July to help with business planning, training and on-farm preparedness. $1.5 million is being made available for the Farm Risk Management Grantsprogram, part of the..

New Commissioner To Oversee Rural Assistance

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening rural assistance schemes with the appointment of a new Rural Assistance Commissioner. Created under the Rural Assistance Schemes Act 2016, the new role will help the Labor Government oversee the effective delivery of financial support to rural and regional..

Victorian Agribusiness Ready To Take On The World

Agribusiness and agriculture remains at the heart of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to grow jobs and boost the Victorian economy on the global stage. Speaking today at the 12th Victorian Agribusiness Summit in Healesville, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the Labor Government was..

Ballarat West Employment Zone Signals Jobs Growth

The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to boost employment and economic growth in Ballarat over the next 20 years took another step forward today, with the announcement of two new land sales at the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ). Agricultural machinery specialist Agrimac and freight distribution..

Dairy Deal Will Be Delivered, But Farmers Deserve Better

Victorian farmers can now access the Commonwealth’s $30 million Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans through Rural Finance, after the caretaker Coalition government finally provided the necessary documentation. While the Commonwealth loans were announced  in late May, the final draft loan agreement and guidelines were only provided..

Victoria And South Australia Tackle Fruit Fly Head On

Fruit growers have welcomed a cooperative agreement to fund the establishment of a new Sterile Insect Technology program to help eradicate fruit flies and safeguard our multi-billion dollar horticulture industry across Victoria and South Australia. The Andrews Labor Government will contribute $900,000 towards the Sterile..

Melbourne: Most Pet Friendly City In Australia

Melbourne has once again reigned supreme over Sydney – taking out the title of most pet friendly city in Australia according to the national Pet Positives Score. The news comes as Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today joined high profile veterinarian Dr Chris Brown  to..

Revitalising The River Benefits For Bridgewater

Bridgewater is set to be revitalised with a foreshore redevelopment project to support local tourism and better connect the town’s most picturesque natural asset, the historic Loddon River, to the main street. The Bridgewater-on-Loddon River Precinct Upgrade will bolster safety and amenity between the main..