$700k fund for dairy ideas

Ap­pli­cants sought with projects to grow sec­tor

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Finda - Digby Hildreth

UP TO $700,000 will be­come avail­able next week to sup­port projects con­tribut­ing to the suc­cess of the dairy in­dus­try.

The money, of­fered through the State Gov­ern­ment’s Dairy In­dus­try Fund, aims to boost the growth, prof­itabil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity and re­silience of the NSW dairy in­dus­try.

Chair of the fund’s steer­ing com­mit­tee, Michael Bullen, said the money was “a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity to boost the value of NSW’s dairy in­dus­try, which pro­duces more than one bil­lion litres of milk and con­trib­utes $584 mil­lion to the state’s econ­omy each year”.

Project pro­pos­als that were aligned with the strate­gies de­vel­oped in the NSW Dairy In­dus­try Strate­gic Ac­tion Plan were po­ten­tial re­cip­i­ents, Mr Bullen said.

Fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions are open to in­di­vid­u­als, uni­ver­si­ties, re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions, con­sul­tants, not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments, farm­ers and com­mu­nity groups.

Joint ap­pli­ca­tions show­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion are en­cour­aged.

Mr Bullen said Project 20:20 Path­ways to Change, was a good ex­am­ple of a suc­cess­ful project show­cas­ing the feed­base, peo­ple, busi­ness, nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment and herd per­for­mance of best-prac­tice farms across the state.

Ap­pli­cants should first sub­mit a brief pre­lim­i­nary project pro­posal, which will be as­sessed by the steer­ing com­mit­tee and the two farmer ad­vo­cacy bodies – NSW Farm­ers Dairy Com­mit­tee and Dairy Con­nect.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be in­vited to pre­pare a full project pro­posal and have the op­por­tu­nity to present a sum­mary to the fund’s ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee for feed­back prior to their fi­nal sub­mis­sion.

Pref­er­ence will be given to projects that demon­strate sig­nif­i­cant scale to the ben­e­fits they would bring to the NSW dairy in­dus­try.

De­tailed guide­lines are avail­able out­lin­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process and the types of projects are el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing. Ap­pli­ca­tions are open from July 18 un­til Au­gust 18, 2017. In­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able from the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.

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WAY FOR­WARD: Grants of up to $700,000 will be avail­able to sup­port the dairy in­dus­try.

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