Victorian farmers receive funding boost
Victorian farmers living on rural property in the state's Gippsland region will benefit from a government cash investment to fund an automated weather station in Yanakie.
The new weather system will provide accurate forecasts and data to assist rural farmers in the region with a range of agricultural decisions.
Farmers with land investment in the south Gippsland area will benefit from the automated weather station - aiding with important information essential to calving, herd management, lambing, controlled burns, crop planting and fishing.
State deputy premier and minister for regional and rural development Peter Ryan announced the new system on August 9, stating it would have a significant economic impact on farmers and rural communities in the region.
It is anticipated the weather station will enable dairy farmers in the area to reduce the impact of facial eczema in cattle - bolstering cash savings by $6.5 million across the district.
The project, which is jointly funded by Marine Safety, Recreational Fishing and the Lower Tarwin District, is part of the state government's four-year Advancing Country Towns program.
The Lower Tarwin District is one of nine rural communities to benefit from the scheme - receiving $890,000 in funding towards boosting the towns of Buffalo, Koonwarra, Dumbalk, Tarwin Lower, Tarwin, Venus Bay, Stony Creek, Fish Creek and Meeniyan in the south Gippsland region.