Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Members Statement – Farmer Support

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (13:15): From paddock to plate and seed to sow, our primary producers are the backbone of regional Victoria. They are the economic drivers of our rural and regional communities, and they contribute greatly to our local cafes, our hotels and our exports to many international destinations. However, rates, debt and the demanding physical slog of working the farm make it hard to continue at times. Recently my office decided to start a campaign to support farmer mental health in Western Victoria. We are asking farmers to put their hand up and be part of a group of like-minded people who are feeling the need to chat or be around others experiencing similar issues. We are endeavouring to be the conduit to direct farmers in the right direction. At the risk of not mentioning all the support groups, I would like to mention a few who have been pivotal in my electorate, such as Farmer Power, WestVic Dairy farmers and Ben Brooksby, otherwise known as the Wimmera’s own naked farmer. Whilst professional help cannot be understated and is absolutely necessary, the support of peers—the ones who understand the struggles you might be facing—is extremely important. Congratulations to all those who are supporting farmer mental health. To those farmers who need help, know that it is out there.


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