Victorian farmers receive funding boost
A new initiative launched by the Victorian government will benefit rural property dwellers in regional parts of the state, with funding grants of up to $50,000 up for grabs.
Announcing the funding program, state agriculture and food security minister Peter Walsh said under the scheme livestock farmers can apply for grants for the construction of specific cattle roads.
He commented: "The Coalition government is committed to driving development across the state, to ensure regional Victoria remains a key contributor to our future growth and prosperity.
"Under the new Cattle Underpass Scheme (CUPS), Victorian livestock farmers will be able to apply for up to $50,000 or 33 per cent of the cost of construction of the road underpass for cattle."
The $2 million CUPS program replaced the former Stock Over Underpass Safety program that was introduced in 2000 and only offered funding grants up to $33,000.
Mr Walsh said the scheme is a major boost for the local farming sector, enhancing road conditions and advancing workplace safety among farming enterprises across the region.
The program will also bolster efficiency and productivity among agricultural enterprises, as well as enabling expansion and industry growth.