The Victorian Government
is providing $1.6 million to support the delivery of the Farm Enterprise
Strategic Planning initiative.
Landholders in the
Goulburn Murray district of northern Victoria are experiencing rapid and large
scale change to their agricultural, environmental, technological and market
A reduction in available
water, irrigation modernisation and changes in the agriculture industry mean
that landholders need to be able to make well-informed, strategic and holistic
decisions for long-term effective and sustainable operation.
This initiative provides
support for farming families to access expert advice and undertake strategic
planning to map out clear directions for their operations within this changing
environment. Independent and confidential planning advice in one-on-one
sessions or group settings will help families develop a whole of farm
enterprise strategic plan integrating multiple property management decisions.
The initiative forms
part of the Government's commitment to supporting liveable and resilient
communities as identified in Water for Victoria.
with longer-term outlooks and strategic plans, support a more resilient and
profitable agricultural industry.
The Farm Enterprise
Strategic Planning initiative will help farmers:
- Consider the long-term outlook for their farming enterprise, identify key risks and opportunities, work out their goals, and think about who will be involved in their business going forward into the future
- Understand the operating environment they are working within, specifically irrigation modernisation and what irrigation connection option would best suits their identified future business needs
- Make more informed, holistic and beneficial decisions across all aspects of their farming enterprise
- Protect and enhance environmental assets on their properties and minimise the potential off site impacts.
The initiative is being
administered by the North Central Catchment Management Authority in partnership with the
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, the Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
Applications will open
in 2017. Further information, including how to apply, will be available on your
local Catchment Management Authority's website early next year.