During the past decade, farmers in the north west of Victoria faced one of the worst drought periods the country has ever seen – loss of livestock and crops and lack of irrigation water threatened our food and fibre industry.
To support the farmers during this time, the Victorian Government created a $27 million Drought Response Package, of which $4.15 million funded the Drought Employment Program.
This provided 92 participants with paid work and opportunities to develop their skills; better equipping them to the adverse effects of our changing climate.
Program recipients reported a sense of value and purpose through their contributions to the health and amenity of the local environment, and importantly, the health and well being of each other throughout this difficult period.
Read the report (PDF, 4.3 MB) and participants' stories about how the program has helped strengthen our farming community.