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IT’S hard not to focus on finances at the
moment if you’re a dairy farmer, even with
the pleasing improvement in the latest Global
Dairy Trade auctions two weeks ago.
So any distraction, whether it be footy or a
family occasion is welcome.
Which is why members of the local branch of
the Harry Ferguson Tractor Club are planning
a big tractor rally.
And you’ll need to get your skates on if you
want to be involved... it’s on this coming Sun-
day, April 9.
Simply muster, with your tractor, any tractor,
at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve from 8am
onwards, this Sunday, and be ready to leave at
9am for a 80km course led by the Fergie trac-
tor club’s Russell Sanders, Area Coordinator
for the Harry Ferguson Tractor Club.
“Come in any sort of tractor as long as it’s
registered because we’ve been given clearance
by VicRoads to hold the rally,” said Russell.
“We stop at Glen Forbes for morning tea put
on by the Fergy club ladies.
“Then we travel via Kernot to Krowera and
then back to the Glen Alvie Cricket Ground for
a sausage sizzle lunch cooked by the Rotary
Club of Phillip Island.
“Food will be supplied by the tractor dealers
of Leongatha. It’s a family lunch and anyone
can come along to that but we don’t want the
cars following on behind the tractors. It’ll be too
The convoy of tractors then heads back to the
Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve by approximate-
ly 3.30pm 4pm.
“Why are we doing it? To get the farmers out
and off their farm,” said Russell.
“I’m an earth moving contractor but since the
cut in milk price, I lost quite a few jobs myself
and spoken to others who have as well.
“This is just a day out for stress relief.
“There’s plenty really feeling it at the moment.
“You can tell they’re doing it tough when they
can’t afford to do this or that. This is a chance
to come out for a shared activity, to have a yarn
and a bit of fun. They only thing it will cost you
is the cost of fuel.”
Even at such short notice, Russell is hopeful
of getting 100 or more tractors – old and new.
So just get into your tractor and roll, to the
Wonthaggi Recreation, on Sunday, April 9 be-
fore 9am when the rally kicks off.
“It should be a pretty impressive sight.”
Those interested in additional information
should contact Russell Sanders 5678 2373 a/h
or John Harris 0438 635286, or simply come
along with your tractor at the end of the day.
Tractor rally for a bit of fun
Get your old tractor out, or take your new tractor for a run... come along and join in the
tractor rally this Sunday, April 9 from the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve from 9am. m010417
The best thing about Farm World, according to John Schelling of Evans Petroleum, is
the chance to catch up with clients for a chat, whether it’s about work, football or what-
ever comes up. He is pictured on the Evans stand with Ayden Garrett and Brendan Gar-
rett of Traralgon, and colleagues Abdulla Nasser, Stephen Ellingworth, Arthur Allaway.
THE State Government is standing by
dairy farmers who are continuing to face fi-
nancial pressure in the wake of problems in
the dairy sector, by extending crucial mental
health support for another year.
Last year the government announced a
$1.5 million package of mental health sup -
ports for dairy farmers, in response the
global fall in milk prices and decisions by
some processors to cut the prices paid to
The package included funding for mental
health first aid training, counselling, com-
munity grants and services such as the VFF’s
Look Over the Farm Gate and the National
Centre for Farmer Health.
All of these initiatives have been developed
and implemented over the past 12 months.
Last week’s announcement confirms that
counselling and support programs will con-
tinue in 2017-18 in impacted areas.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said
this is welcome news for dairy farming fami-
lies who have been doing it tough.
“While the season ahead looks more prom-
ising, many of our farmers are still feeling
“This is why the Labor Government will
continue to give our dairy families the sup -
port they need. ”
To ensure the support provided meets the
needs of dairy farmers, Minister for Mental
Health Martin Foley said the government has
consulted with farmers and their families,
and worked with local health services, com-
munity groups and industry.
“The Labor Government is ensuring early
intervention for people who are at risk of or
experiencing mental illness, to promote the
safety and wellbeing of everyone in our com-
“I am extremely impressed at the innova-
tive services that have been provided to sup-
port our dairy farmers and their communi-
If you or someone you know needs help or
advice call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond-
Blue on 1300 22 4636.
Dairy support to continue
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