Agforce leader at Monto meeting
WHEN Agforce president Ian Burnett attended the Monto branch meeting for the first time, the event attracted about 20 people to the Mulgildie Hotel.
Mr Burnett said the peak rural body for Queenslandwas finding it easier to deal with the State Government and that disaster assistance was only a phone call away.
“Don’t self-assess – there are people available, who can do the job for you (and if) the person you talk to may not be able to do the assessment (they) can certainly give you clues,” Mr Burnett said.
“The sooner you have assistance money in the bank, the sooner you can get back on your feet and return to full production, so don’t listen to your neighbour – just get on the phone to get a proper assessment.
“The current government is putting in a strong effort to assist agriculture. They are happy to listen to our suggestions and, indeed, recognise us as one of the four pillars of the state’s economy.”
Monto Show Society Rural Ambassador Hana Penney was one local who welcomed AgForce’s visit to the town.
“It is very good to see the AgForce president in our town – we need this encouragement about topics that affect us, particularly after recent flooding,” Ms Penney said.
“AgForce is a wonderful organisation – it is the onlywaywe have a voice.
“Whether you are an AgForce member or not, you should make them welcome.”
For information about AgForce visit www.agforceqld.org.au.
RURAL VOICE: AgForce president Ian Burnett and local primary producer Tex Burnham at the Monto branch meeting.