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Drought employment program opens

By Geoff Adams

Farmers and farm workers can now apply for the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Drought Employment Program.

The program is part of the Victorian Government's drought response package and will be delivered by the Goulburn Broken and North Central catchment management authorities.

Goulburn Broken CMA acting chief executive officer Carl Walters said the program would provide participants with income and training while delivering works that protect and improve the environment, such as fencing and revegetation.

“There are many farmers and their workers doing it tough in our region,” Mr Walters said.

“The GMID Drought Employment Program will provide eligible participants with two to four days of work a week for a minimum of two months.

“This flexible approach will allow people to continue working their own farms as well as supporting them to explore up-skilling or re-skilling opportunities.”

To be eligible for the program, participants must be farmers or farm workers living or working within the GMID.

“CMAs have a good track record in running these kind of programs and we will again partner with other regional and local agencies across the irrigation area to deliver the program,” Mr Walters said.

“This collaborative approach has achieved great results in the past; farmers and farm workers generally have initiative, a strong work ethic, can work independently and have skills that are readily transferred to environmental work.”

For more information about the GMID Drought Employment Program eligibility criteria, phone Jodi or Kristy at recruitment agency Chandler Macleod Group on 5825 6000 or visit: http://bit.ly/GBCMADEP