The first of several drought relief events across northern Victoria took place in Donald today to provide farmers and their families with an opportunity to come together.
The events are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $27 million drought support package announced in November 2015 to help affected farmers and their communities.
Held in conjunction with the Victorian Farmer’s Federation led ‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ campaign, drought relief events are being coordinated by farmer groups, rural mental health professionals and service providers to bring the local community together amid difficult circumstances.
Today’s gathering at the Donald Angling Club included family entertainment, a barbecue, the release of fish into the lake and the opportunity to switch off and learn a bit more about freshwater fishing.
The event also offered farmers the chance to talk with professionals and community experts about farm management, finance, and physical and mental health in a relaxed setting.
Organised by Fisheries Victoria, North Central Catchment Management Authority, the Victorian Farmer’s Federation and the Buloke Shire Council, today’s event was a community led response to drought and its effect on the Buloke region.
More events are planned at Hopetoun, Horsham, Maryborough and Bridgewater in February and March.
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green
“We know that farmers have a history of helping each other through adversity and that’s exactly what our drought relief events are in place for.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is assisting drought affected communities, their families, friends and neighbours. These events are designed by the community for the community.”
Quotes attributable to Victorian Farmer’s Federation President Peter Tuohey
“Look Over the Farm Gate events like this are all about taking a break from the farm, talking to your neighbours and having a good time.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020