Agforce leader at Monto meet­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

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.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

RU­RAL VOICE: AgForce pres­i­dent Ian Bur­nett and lo­cal pri­mary pro­ducer Tex Burn­ham at the Monto branch meet­ing.

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