FUNDING for Hamilton’s ailing National Centre for Farmer Health sits near the top of an election wish-list released by Victoria’s peak farming body.
The Victorian Farmer’s Federation (VFF) released 11 demands on Friday, with the call for $500,000 in re-current funding for the centre listed third.
The centre has been rallying for funds since its $1 million in core funding was left out of the 2012 State Government Budget.
VFF president, Peter Tuohey, told The Spectator it was “a sorry state of affairs” that the centre had not received ongoing support.
“Sometimes things like this don’t get funding and don’t get looked after because they’re in a rural area,” Mr Tuohey said.
“It’s just beyond belief that they’re not funding it; it’s so important and it’s not a huge amount of money.”
Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine, has maintained a commitment of $250,000, which he said should be matched by $750,000 from the Commonwealth Government.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 14, 2014