Agriculture Jobs Boost for region

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Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has been engaged to undertake a range of work to support the G21 region’s vital agricultural sector, including improving local land health through revegetation and fencing of important environmental areas.

Nearly 60 full time jobs will be created over the next six months as part of the Agriculture Workforce Plan, supporting the agricultural sector by improving land health and pest control, and helping farmers to continue to deliver food across Victoria.

A State Government investment of $6 million will create new jobs at the Corangamite, North Central and North East CMAs as well as the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP). They will join five other CMAs already benefitting from the program.

New team members will undertake a range of work, including improving local land health through revegetation and fencing of important environmental areas such as waterways, weed control, soil sampling and water quality monitoring on private and adjacent public land.

This work addresses concerns raised by many farmers by helping to control rabbits, wild dogs and other pests and weeds that affect soil health and crop productivity and kill livestock.

New projects with DELWP will target critical action on pests. Projects in Loddon Mallee and Grampians will support three teams to implement measures protecting public land and adjoining private land and farmland from invasive species such as weeds and rabbits.

Two additional teams will help manage wild dog populations and their impact on livestock, including activities like baiting and trapping.

The new wild dog controllers will be supported with training and supervision to ensure their health and safety while implementing best practice wild dog management.