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Flood Recovery Environmental Employment Program

Applications are now open for flood affected farmers and rural workers to join the Mallee Flood Recovery Environmental Employment Program (FREEP).

The Flood Recovery Environmental Employment Program is being managed by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and is one of six running in flood affected areas of the state under the Victorian Government’s $6.15 million Flood Recovery Environmental Employment Program. It will provide work for food and fibre producers, as well as rural workers, who were directly affected by the floods earlier this year.

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Work will be offered on a casual, part-time basis, with employees given the added flexibility of being able to rotate on and off the program in order to continue work on their own properties.

The Program offers local producers and farm workers a way to earn an income, working three full days a week while still being able to focus on continuing important work on the farm, such as pruning blocks or preparing for cropping.

It is also an  opportunity to ensure some flood recovery works can be completed at environmentally important areas.

Those employed under the program will work as part of a work crew on jobs such as controlling erosion; fencing; weed control; cleaning up flood damaged drainage infrastructure; native plant seed collection; and river track rationalisation.

The Mallee CMA is working closely with partners such as the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Lower Murray Water to develop the work schedule for the employment program.

The first intake of employees will begin work in the region in June.

Click here to download an Expession of Interest Package, or for more information, contact Glen Sutherland on (03) 5051 4377.

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