John Anderson, a dairy farmer from Gippsland in Victoria, talks about how important it is that funding to help farming communities continues.
This week Australian farmers got some good news.
Labor has announced funding will continue to flow to the regional bodies that support us looking after our land.
I'm a dairy farmer from Gippsland and I'm also a board member of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA).
Funds from the Caring for our Country program helps our CMA. That funding is bringing benefits to our farmers and community like being able to protect and enhance the environment by working with neighbouring farmers in our region.
One project that really resonates with me is protecting the Gippsland Lakes.
That project reduces damaging run-off flowing into the Lakes. Dairy farmers in our region have worked with the CMA to do something about it and reduce the amount of fertiliser and effluent flowing from our properties. In fact, we were blown away by the response of dairy farmers keen to work with us.
We’ve now got 42 farms running more efficiently and we’re helping the environment too. Dairy farms run on tight margins, so anything we can do to be more efficient helps the bottom line.
We can only do this work because of Caring for Our Country funding. This funding helps us plan and act. It helps bring our farmers and community together, to build a stronger future for our agricultural land and our environment.
It’s great to see Labor announced that it will continue to support natural resource management groups like mine.
I encourage you to have a look at some of the other great work being done at www.nrm.gov.au.
Above: Dairy farmer John Anderson