The Committee for Gippsland (C4G) welcomes Premier Daniel Andrews announcement today for a $32 million Drought Assistance Package for East Gippsland and Wellington Shire farmers.
“Farmers have been doing it tough in East Gippsland and this announcement is welcomed. Gippsland farmers are in their third year of drought and its estimated they have lost up to 70 per cent of their regular income. With very poor nutritional pastures, over this time, there has been a greater reliance on buying feed in placing further pressure on the farming community”, says Jane Oakley (Chief Executive Officer Committee for Gippsland).
Government has also announced $400,000 towards a ‘demonstration site’ for farmers to trial different technologies on farm to build future resilience to ensure the region’s farms are sustainable and able to adapt to a changing climate. “This reflects the importance of the Gippsland agricultural economy to the state of Victoria” says Jane Oakley.
The Committee for Gippsland continues its advocacy on behalf of business and industry to secure our region’s long-term future and thank the Victorian government for its response to the region’s calls for drought assistance.
Priorities for the region include:
- Regionalisation – A viable option for Government decentralisation policy
- Water Security (for Gippsland’s agricultural economy) – Lindenow Valley and Macalister
- Routes to market – Princes Highway duplication and Traralgon/Sale bypasses
The Committee for Gippsland welcomes today’s announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Jaclyn Symes and we look forward to them meeting with our members in the near future.