Farmers, their families and staff will enjoy a free trip to their local agricultural show in Wellington this year, with assistance from the State Government drought funding and Wellington Shire Council.
The initiative is just one of many to provide networking and off-farm social events in Wellington Shire, which is part of the Community Resilience drought funding from the State Government.
Farming families will be able to simply show their National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) or Property Identification Codes (PIC) tag at the show gate in Maffra, Sale or Yarram to receive free entry.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said agricultural shows were traditionally an annual opportunity for farmers to catch up and learn what others in the sector were doing.
“Agricultural shows have long been an important part of the calendar for farming families and we hope this opportunity to access the 2018 show free of charge will be happily received by these families,” Cr Crossley said.
“We hope farmers will attend and enjoy the social atmosphere of having time away from the farm and the pressures that persist due to the drought.
“Volunteers staffing the gates at the Maffra, Sale and Yarram shows will be happy to scan the NLIS or PIC tags and provide free entry.”
Council has been meeting regularly with both local farmers and advocacy groups and the feedback has been that drought affected farmers highly value social and networking events.
Council will also allocate other portions of the funding to relevant community groups to assist in the funding of their events targeting the agricultural industry.
Maffra Agricultural Show 26-27 October
Sale Agricultural Show 2-4 November
Yarram Agricultural Show 24 November