Hay Inc Rural Education Program receives NSW Government funding

EXCITING FUTURE: Bronnie Taylor shares the news of the funding with Hay Inc representatives at the Shear Outback Shearers Hall of Fame. Picture: Contributed
EXCITING FUTURE: Bronnie Taylor shares the news of the funding with Hay Inc representatives at the Shear Outback Shearers Hall of Fame. Picture: Contributed

THE next generation of Riverina farmers are set to benefit from a new training program funded by the state government.

The NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund will see $187,121 handed to the Hay Inc Rural Education Program, assisting with training for everything from from sheep skills to engine maintenance.

Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor said the program would be a leg-up for young farmers seeking work in the industry.

"As well as teaching them transferable skills, the program also gives young people the opportunity to gain industry experience locally, learn the appropriate skills and be ready for the job through on-farm placements," she said.

A group of 16 young people from the Hay region will take part in the 15-day program, learning skills such as wool harvesting and woolshed management, sheep handling, fence construction, quad bike operation and first aid.

For more information, visit www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.