After two years of drought, Mallee residents were again offered another opportunity to speak with the Premier, Daniel Andrews, and two key Victorian Government Ministers at a community barbecue at Wycheproof last week.
Drought-related issues such as water security and drought support were raised with Mr Andrews and the Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford and Water Minister Lisa Neville.
The Premier announced $27 million of drought support measures during a visit to the region in November and ahead of his second Mallee drought visit last week confirmed a further $3 million expansion of the Drought Employment Program.
Southern Mallee Drought Employment Program teams are based at Birchip and Hopetoun and have been working across the region on community-based projects. Additional positions on the teams are now available, and you can find out more at the Mallee CMA website.
Mr Andrews also announced $5 million to build a Doppler weather radar station in the Wimmera, to address a longstanding weather information black-spot across the Wimmera and Southern Mallee, as well as $40 million in funding to connect the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline to the rest of the state grid.
Funding of $72,000 was also announced to look at how to address seepage issues at Green Lake at Sea Lake to enable future recreational water delivery.
Pictured: Southern Mallee Drought Employment Program team leader Chris Pridgeon chats with the Premier, Daniel Andrews and Mallee CMA chairperson Sharyon Peart.