Project to build dairy capacity and resilience

By Rodney Woods

The Victorian Government is getting on with supporting dairy farmers in northern Victoria with funding for an industry-led project aimed at boosting jobs, training and skills across the sector and the whole of the state.

Victorian Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Jaclyn Symes visited an Ardmona dairy farm yesterday with representatives from Dairy Australia and Murray Dairy to discuss progress on a skills development project.

The government has granted $35000 from the Regional Skills Fund, which aims to build local capacity and resilience as well as creating jobs.

‘‘We’re partnering with Dairy Australia and Murray Dairy in relation to a project that’s all about identifying the skills of the future and the innovation that’s needed to make sure this wonderful industry becomes even more sustainable and really attractive for people who are looking to move into the industry in the future,’’ Ms Symes said.

The Defining Future Dairy Industry Service Sector Skills project has been driven by industry and was identified by the Goulburn Regional Partnership.

The project aims to identify future state-wide dairy skill requirements in line with the rapidly changing environment that the industry now operates within.

Murray Dairy is leading the project and has engaged a consultant to undertake market analysis of Victoria’s dairy services sector and map current and future skills needs.

The final report will include a dairy industry skills development plan with identified pathways and stakeholders to implement the plan at a regional level.