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Supporting regional communities in the grip of drought

Tuesday 28 October, 2008
Local communities, affected by continued drought conditions, will benefit from the recent announcement of an extension to the Drought Employment Program within the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

Local communities, affected by continued drought conditions, will benefit from the recent announcement of an extension to the Drought Employment Program within the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

The funding forms part of a $10M Drought Employment Relief Package announced on behalf of the Victorian State Government by Premier John Brumby.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) will receive $2.75M, from the initiative, to support regional communities by employing individuals to undertake projects on the region's catchment and waterways.

Chief Executive Officer of the GB CMA, Mr Bill O'Kane said following the success of previous Drought Employment Programs, which resulted in significant on-ground works across the Goulburn Broken Catchment, the program will continue into 2009.

"While the funding has been provided for the employment of drought affected landowners our rivers and catchments, throughout the Goulburn Broken region, will also benefit." said Mr O'Kane.

"The funding announcement was a win for the environment and a win for families facing continuing drought conditions in the region."

"The program, with an injection of $2.75M, will officially commence in January 2009. However some teams will be established prior to Christmas," said Mr O'Kane.

Mr O'Kane said the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Drought Employment Program will provide full-time employment for approximately six months for up to 70 farmers affected by drought. This will assist both individuals and local communities.

"Landowners participating in last year's program brought with them highly developed skills and we expect the new program to involved skilled and motivated people," Mr O'Kane said.

To find out more visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or contact Peter Bullen (Skilled) on 58318719.

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