Program planning begins

U3A’s Rosemary Richardson, Colac Otway Shire Council community services acting manager Peter Macdonald, Ann-Marie Byrne, Community Hub centre manager Heidi Van Es and U3A’s Jenny Todorovic met for the first time to start planning the Life and Farming in Colac Otway program. Victorian Farmers Federation’s Peter Delahunty and Mark Billing were absent.

The steering committee for a farmer transition program has wasted no time in starting the planning process, after the program received State Government funding last week.

Representatives from Colac’s Community Hub, Colac’s U3A and Colac Otway Shire Council met for the first time this week to start the development of the Life and Farming in Colac Otway program.

Colac Otway Shire Council community services acting manager Peter Macdonald said the program would aim to reduce isolation in farmers who moved into Colac.

“From our point of view we identified that there were people, particularly in rural areas, that were isolated and when they moved on that that isolation still continued, there wasn’t that connection with the community because they’d been on the farm for so many years.

“So for this project around how we actually assist people with that transition from being on a farm into moving into a town and creating those connections for them.

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