THE Victorian Farmers Federation has received a grant to reach out to flood and locust affected communities.VFF President Andrew Broad said the grants from the Department of Human Services, of up to $500, would be provided to VFF Branches and District Councils wishing to hold activities to bring their community together to connect and discuss the season.
“The last few months of 2010 placed considerable strain on many farming communities, with many farmers having their harvest damaged by locusts and severe rain,” Mr Broad said.
He said the grants would be available to branches and district councils to hold a community barbecue or get together, with funds going to venue, food, drink and other expenses.
Mr Broad said communities were encourage to invite guest speakers to their event to discuss stress management, financial management or other issues relating to the difficult season.
“The VFF will work closely with local recovery agencies to provide support to landowners through outreach visits, as well as assist communities in coordinating events in their region," Mr Broad said.
For an application form visit the VFF website at www.vff.org.au.
For further information contact VFF Member Services on 1300 882 833.