Weekly Newswire 9th February 2022

Published on February 9, 2022

Our pick of current industry news, events, developments and opportunities:

Agricultural workforce set for a boost with AgMove extension to help get thousands more workers onto Australian farms

Thousands more Australians and visa holders will be able to receive financial support to relocate for short-term agricultural work after the Morrison Government announced a six-month extension to the highly successful AgMove initiative.

Started in November 2020, AgMove provides reimbursement for relocation expenses to eligible participants who move to take up short-term agricultural work and has so far more than 7,000 AgMove Agreements have been negotiate by employment services providers. 

Find more at Minister Media Centre

Goulburn Valley fruit growers start apple and pear harvest during one of their ‘hardest years’

Unlike most other farming commodities right now, fruit growers are experiencing one their toughest seasons. 

The list of challenges is growing — a continued labour shortage, COVID testing regulations, no overseas export, and a very wet and humid summer.

Find out more at ABC News

Kununurra Senior High School students get agriculture work experience as part of course

Last year between April and December, a group of 20 Kununurra Senior High School students planted and harvested crops at the Frank Wise Institute of Tropical Agriculture to give them an insight into the various roles involved with crop production.

Read more about how Kimberley Education for Life (KEFL) is developing a more meaningful work curriculum with students at Good Fruit and Vegetable.

Recruitment for the NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) 2022 is currently open.

Membership of the YAC is open to children and young people between 12-24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are particularly sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

The 12 member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a range of topics and provide feedback on policies, procedures and resources affecting children and young people.

Members also provide feedback to community groups, government agencies and Departments and Ministers on issues concerning children and young people.

Applications close 13 March, 2022.

For further information about the YAC and for young people to apply, please use or share the link below:

Grant Opportunities

Saskia Beer Churchill Fellowship

The Churchill Trust is proud to announce that a new Churchill Fellowship will be offered from 2022 to honour the memory and legacy of the late Saskia Beer.

The Saskia Beer Churchill Fellowship will support passionate food lovers like Saskia – be they cooks or chefs, farmers, growers, producers or entrepreneurs – to pursue innovative, artisanal, sustainable, regenerative and community focused approaches to food production. 

Find Out More Here

Women in Leadership Culturally Diverse Scholarships

Women on Boards recognises the female cultural imbalance that exists in board and leadership positions. We are offering two WIL scholarship places in the 2022 Q1 cohort to culturally diverse women. 

The scholarship is open to two culturally diverse mid to senior-level managers who need a more strategic approach to overcome speed humps that have slowed their progress into executive roles; and early-stage / future leaders needing to build their toolkit for success.

Find Out More Here