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Funding for farmers

FOURTEEN farmers from the Berrys Creek area attended an information session recently to learn how they can access funding to retain sediment and nutrients on farm.
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s land team leader Shayne Haywood said the funding was available through WGCMA’s CORE 4 program.
“CORE 4 is about helping farmers reduce production costs by keeping valuable nutrients on their farms,” he said.
“It also has the added benefit of improving waterway health.”
The project is being carried out in the Tarwin west catchment, well known for its primary production, water supply and tourism.
“There is a lot of valuable farm land in this area, as well as horticulture and forestry. It also provides drinking water for the reservoirs that supply Leongatha, Korumburra and Meeniyan,” Mr Haywood said.
“By reducing nutrient and sediment loss from these farms, we can improve water quality in many local waterways and ultimately in Anderson Inlet.”
This round of CORE4 funding is open to landholders in Leongatha South, Leongatha North, Leongatha, Koonwarra, east of Korumburra, Kardella, Wooreen, Hallston, Berrys Creek, Nerrena and Mardan.
A second information session was held at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha recently.
CORE 4 is funded through the Australian Government. It is delivered through a partnership formed by WGCMA, local milk supply companies, GippsDairy and Dairy Australia.
To find out more about the program or to register an expression of interest to be involved, contact John Gallienne on 5623 2940 or 0407 863 493 or Pauline at Ag-Challenge Consulting on 5623 4788.

Considering options: attending the CORE 4 session in Leongatha recently were, from left, John Gallienne, agricultural consultant and CORE 4 program mentor, and Leongatha South dairy farmers Sylvia Vagg, George Occhinpinti, Grit Cashin and Max Behmer.

Considering options: attending the CORE 4 session in Leongatha recently were, from left, John Gallienne, agricultural consultant and CORE 4 program mentor, and Leongatha South dairy farmers Sylvia Vagg, George Occhinpinti, Grit Cashin and Max Behmer.

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