No plans for free milk in Tassie schools

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It comes after a campaign launched this week by Victorian dairy farmers called for the return of the school milk program in primary schools to help farmers and boost the health of Aussie school kids, with 10 per cent of nine to 18-year-olds meeting the recommended daily dairy requirements.

However, a State Government spokesman said, “the government has no plans to introduce a milk program into Tasmanian schools”.

The spokesman said the Hodgman Liberal Government was the “strongest supporter of our dairy industry, investing $300,000 over three years to deliver a suite of training for dairy producers to grow the industry.”

“While many other dairy regions across Australia are shrinking, Tasmanian’s dairy sector has shown consistent growth over the past decade to set a new production record of over 910 million litres in 2017-18.

“This government is committed to improving the health of Tasmanians, investing $2 million over four years in the Student Health Initiative, which includes physical activity, food and nutrition, emotional health and wellbeing and drug education programs. Through the Department of Education, we are also funding the Healthy Eating Schools and Canteens and Move Well Eat Well Programs, specifically aimed at improving the food choices available to students at school.”