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Primary producer training programs for Central West.



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Sandy Macdonald National Party Senator for NSW

27 May 2003

Primary Producer Training Programs for Central West

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Rural Management at Orange is one of eight organisations to receive funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Agriculture Advancing Australia - FarmBis Australia program, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“The Managing New Initiatives project has been awarded $149,120 in funding and will develop and pilot an Innovative Change Management Model that will provide innovative farmers with a mechanism to implement change,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Through a triple-bottom-line approach the project will have the capacity to assist farm families to better balance short-term and economic pressures with the longer term environmental and social considerations, developing long-term profitability and sustainability.”

“The model will be trialled with 50 farmers and then piloted in the established networks of the industry partners, an investment adviser and a consortium of 11 innovative rural accountancy firms.”

“Training projects such as this one at Orange, are designed to deliver industry-wide benefits,” Senator Macdonald said.

Nearly $1 million has been invested in eight new educational and training projects designed to boost the managerial, production and exporting skills of Australian primary producers.

The Commonwealth Government has invested almost $5 million under the FarmBis Australia programs.

For more information on FarmBis Australia, please call 1800 686 175 or visit the website - www.affa.gov.au/farmbis/australia.

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