Young Farmers for the Wimmera project
The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) promotes collaboration at the local level to achieve better outcomes for all. Victoria established Regional Management Forums (RMFs) in 2005 to make it easier for state government departments and local governments to work together.
The Grampians RMF comprises senior officers from each state government department and CEOs of councils in the Grampians region. The GRMF engages with regional stakeholders to develop an understanding of issues requiring a joined-up response involving state and local government and community agencies working together.
In June 2007, the GRMF established a Sustainability Working Group whose focus has been the issue of retaining and attracting young people to the Wimmera. This piece of work has been rebranded as WimmerAlive and a range of activities is being undertaken under the banner of WimmerAlive to address the Business/Entrepreneurship, Education/Training and Social/Recreational needs of young people.
One of these activities is the Young Farmers for the Wimmera project. The project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under its Australia's Farming Future Initiative.
The project is undertaking a range of activities over the next 12 months including:
These sessions, held in Horsham on 9 February 2010, provided an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about the results of consultations and desktop research, share insights, and provide input into the mentoring program design.
The presentation from the sessions is available here.
For further information regarding this project, please contact:
Mr Vincent Sully
Department of Planning and Community Development
PO Box 70
BALLARAT VIC 3350
Phone: 03 5327 2822