Labor promises initiatives to boost agriculture

IF re-elected the Andrews Labor government has made an election promise to help boost jobs in Victoria’s agricultural industry.

Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to help the sheep industry by providing $1.2 million to develop and promote a Certificate III in shearing qualification at a selected TAFE from 2020.

It would also spend $3 million to improve health and safety on farms.

This funding will increase health checks for farmers, deliver a new campaign to raise greater workplace safety awareness, and help the Victorian Farmers Federation employ two additional Farm Safety Officers.

Another $500,000 will be spent to continue the Young Farmers Scholarships and an additional $500,000 to enhance Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s leader in digital agriculture.

This builds on the $4 million in additional funding pledged to the National Centre for Farmer Health.

Labor will also undertake an inquiry into the council rating system to identify changes to improve its fairness and equity, and take the issues to Canberra to ensure Financial Assistance Grants to rural councils are never frozen again.