GOVERNMENT BACKS KYNETON’S FARMERS

Farmers in Kyneton are set to benefit from the Victorian Government’s $18,000 investment in an innovative, locally-led project that connects new ‘tree change’ farmers with more experienced active and retired farmers.

State Member for Macedon & Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the Government’s funding towards the $24,000 ‘This Farm Needs a Farmer’ project which is set to enhance community connectedness and facilitate economic growth in the area.

Tree change farmers new to the area often have minimal farming experience and lack the essential knowledge and skills to achieve success.

By facilitating the sharing of essential skills and knowledge, and the practical demonstration of important skills in a farm environment the program will help new tree change farmers learn and develop their skills, enhancing their ability to earn a sustainable income from their farms.

The project also includes:

  • The development of a digital engagement platform including social media platforms and a website featuring an online participant database where members can connect and share news and information.
  • The development and distribution of welcome packs to tree changers new to the area and farming.
  • The delivery of community information sessions to establish connections between tree changers and existing farmers in the community.

The project also supports improved health and well-being outcomes for retired farmers at risk of social isolation by providing them with the opportunity to develop strong links with local community members and share their valuable knowledge and skills which can be at risk of being lost.

The project is supported by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council along with the Kyneton Agricultural Society, and has been developed in close consultation with the local community.

The Victorian Government is investing in the ‘This Farm Needs a Farmer’ project through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which supports initiatives that strengthen regional communities and drives economic growth.

Quotes attributable to State Member for Macedon & Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mary-Anne Thomas

“By connecting new and experienced farmers, the ‘This Farm Needs a Farmer’ project will provide retired farmers with the opportunity to continue to add value and take part in the broader farming community while helping new farmers gain the skills and knowledge they need to ensure success.”

“The Victorian Government is investing in the ‘This Farm Needs a Farmer’ project through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which supports initiatives that create jobs, drive economic growth and strengthen regional communities.”

 

“The Victorian Government is proud to support the hardworking farmers who ensure our position as the nation’s top food and fibre exporting state.”