Member for Morwell Russell Northe has used Question Time in Parliament, to call upon the State Government to support the registered charities that help our local Farmers in need.
“I just cannot accept that the Latrobe Valley continue to face significant and extreme weather and drought conditions that the Government can’t provide support for our local Farming families who are doing it tough”, Mr Northe said, “that’s why I’ve called upon the Minister for Agriculture to commit to funding Gippsland Farmer Relief activities during these dire times”.
Gippsland Farmer Relief has more than 70 volunteers who support our Farmers and their families – often affected by flood, drought and bushfire which can lead to stress, mental health issues, and financial and business hardship. Gippsland Farmer Relief provides practical assistance through the donation of household assistance hampers, and referrals for financial and welfare support. All this delivered on the donation of funds and time by our generous community members.
“Gippsland Farmer Relief has had its farmer client base treble over the past year – they currently provide help to over 130 farming families”, Mr Northe continued, “but they’re stretched thin. For Gippsland Farmer Relief to be sustainable they desperately require State Government funding to employ staff, so they can continue to deliver their critical services”.
“I’m proposing the Government provide $1.2 million in funding to conduct a two-year pilot program to ensure Gippsland farming families are continued to be supported by the Gippsland Farmer Relief organisation”, Mr Northe said, “we need to provide support to our Farmers now, and support to our Farmers throughout all the hard times that life on the land delivers”.