Seasoned farmers the focus of revitalised farm safety project

This week the Victorian Government’s continued investment into the Making our Farms Safer project (MOFS) was announced.

VFF President Emma Germano said the project’s immediate focus will be on farmers aged 60 years and over to help lower their overrepresentation in farming deaths and injuries.

“Farmers aged over 60 years tragically account for more than 40 per cent of deaths on farms throughout the country.”

“Last year, six people aged over 60 lost their lives on Victorian farms. That’s someone’s mother, father or friend that can never be replaced. We hope this project will help ensure loved ones come home at the end of the day.”

“With the help of a working committee consisting of older farmers and their adult children, the project will develop specific content and resources, such as a guidebook and monthly newsletters to help make Victorian farms safer.”

“Farmers and our regional communities told us loud and clear how important this project was to them, and I welcome the government’s commitment to helping us keep farmers safe,” Ms Germano said.