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Agriculture Jobs Boost For Regional Victoria

Country Victorian communities will benefit from the creation of nearly 60 full time jobs over the next six months as part of the Agriculture Workforce Plan – supporting our farming community and keeping Victorians working. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced the further investment of over $3 million towards new jobs with Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) as well as the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP). The Corangamite, North Central and North East CMAs will join five others 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 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. To find out more about the $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/agworkforceplan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Job creation right across the state is crucial to keeping the Victorian economy moving right now, and agriculture is strongly placed to drive that.” “These new positions will support our vital agricultural sector through improving land health and pest control, and helping farmers to continue to deliver food to Victorians’ tables.”   Quote attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “This investment provides vital support for the communities that rely on our waterways and catchments right across regional Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This is important, hands-on work that benefits communities across Victoria and keeps our environment and landscapes healthy.”

Agriculture Jobs Boost For Regional Victoria

Country Victorian communities will benefit from the creation of nearly 60 full time jobs over the next six months as part of the Agriculture Workforce Plan – supporting our farming community and keeping Victorians working. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced the further investment of over $3 million towards new jobs with Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) as well as the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP). The Corangamite, North Central and North East CMAs will join five others 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 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. To find out more about the $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/agworkforceplan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Job creation right across the state is crucial to keeping the Victorian economy moving right now, and agriculture is strongly placed to drive that.” “These new positions will support our vital agricultural sector through improving land health and pest control, and helping farmers to continue to deliver food to Victorians’ tables.”   Quote attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “This investment provides vital support for the communities that rely on our waterways and catchments right across regional Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This is important, hands-on work that benefits communities across Victoria and keeps our environment and landscapes healthy.”

Views Sought On Safely Reuniting Lost Pets With Owners

The Victorian Government is encouraging Victorians to have their say on reforms to allow vets and animal shelters to legally reunite lost pets with their owners – a key election commitment for our beloved furry friends. Under Victoria’s existing laws, any lost cat or dog must be taken to a local council authorised officer. Only vets or animal shelters holding a special agreement with their local council are currently allowed to contact the owner directly and reunite them with their pet. These outlets are often not easily identifiable by the public. Animal Welfare Victoria is looking at changes that would allow lost cats and dogs dropped off at veterinary clinics or registered animal shelters to be reunited with their owners sooner. The proposed reforms aim to reduce stress on animals and their owners, and reduce regulatory, administrative and resource burdens on councils, vet clinics and registered animal shelters. Community safety, privacy and the welfare of the animals will need to be carefully considered and protected. Some of the problems associated with lost and roaming pets can include the animal’s welfare, the welfare of other animals and wildlife, nuisance, property damage and human safety. Additionally, if ownership data linked to an animal’s microchip is not current, a vet may inadvertently contact and provide the pet to a previous owner. This can compromise public safety through people on family violence orders attempting to locate others through pet microchip data or registration details. An Issues Paper and survey questions for is now available online. Victorians are encouraged to have their say on the Reuniting Lost Pets review at: engage.vic.gov.au. Victoria had approximately 663,000 dogs and 221,000 cats registered with its 79 councils in 2019. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Losing a pet is an incredibly upsetting and stressful thing for anyone to go through – that’s why we’re looking at ways we can reunite people with their furry family members sooner.” “We also know that this reunification can’t come at the expense of community expectations of responsible pet ownership.”

Views Sought On Safely Reuniting Lost Pets With Owners

The Victorian Government is encouraging Victorians to have their say on reforms to allow vets and animal shelters to legally reunite lost pets with their owners – a key election commitment for our beloved furry friends. Under Victoria’s existing laws, any lost cat or dog must be taken to a local council authorised officer. Only vets or animal shelters holding a special agreement with their local council are currently allowed to contact the owner directly and reunite them with their pet. These outlets are often not easily identifiable by the public. Animal Welfare Victoria is looking at changes that would allow lost cats and dogs dropped off at veterinary clinics or registered animal shelters to be reunited with their owners sooner. The proposed reforms aim to reduce stress on animals and their owners, and reduce regulatory, administrative and resource burdens on councils, vet clinics and registered animal shelters. Community safety, privacy and the welfare of the animals will need to be carefully considered and protected. Some of the problems associated with lost and roaming pets can include the animal’s welfare, the welfare of other animals and wildlife, nuisance, property damage and human safety. Additionally, if ownership data linked to an animal’s microchip is not current, a vet may inadvertently contact and provide the pet to a previous owner. This can compromise public safety through people on family violence orders attempting to locate others through pet microchip data or registration details. An Issues Paper and survey questions for is now available online. Victorians are encouraged to have their say on the Reuniting Lost Pets review at: engage.vic.gov.au. Victoria had approximately 663,000 dogs and 221,000 cats registered with its 79 councils in 2019. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Losing a pet is an incredibly upsetting and stressful thing for anyone to go through – that’s why we’re looking at ways we can reunite people with their furry family members sooner.” “We also know that this reunification can’t come at the expense of community expectations of responsible pet ownership.”

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