Farm­ers set up fund to fight at­tacks

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Jenne Bram­mer

WA’s farm­ers and pas­toral­ists have joined forces to cre­ate a fight­ing fund to de­fend their in­dus­try’s rep­u­ta­tion.

Ad­vo­cacy groups WAFarm­ers and the Kim­ber­ley Pil­bara Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion have col­lab­o­rated to es­tab­lish the Pro­ducer Fight­ing Fund to raise $50,000.

A Go­FundMe page, ini­ti­ated by WAFarm­ers pres­i­dent Tony York, said agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers’ rights were un­der at­tack from ev­ery an­gle.

The fund would pro­vide fi­nance to de­liver a united in­dus­try voice and level the play­ing field when un­der fu­ture at­tack.

The fundrais­ing page said get­ting the mes­sag­ing cor­rect and di­rected to the right peo­ple meant de­liv­er­ing ef­fec­tive main­stream and so­cial me­dia cam­paigns and con­sid­er­able travel for face-to-face ap­peals, all of which re­quired sig­nif­i­cant hu­man and fi­nan­cial re­sources.

“No WA agri­cul­tural ad­vo­cacy body has the re­sources and as­sets to do this well alone,” Mr York said on the page.

“As such, we are call­ing all in­ter­ested par­ties to have some skin in the game and help build a re­source that can be called on when needed to do the job right.”

As of last week, the fund had raised $1210.

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