Getting out on the grounds
Shadow Agriculture Minister Deb Frecklington
TOUR: The Shadow Agriculture Minister has been touring our region to talk to farmers. across the Central Burnett.
In particular, I visited Monto, Biloela and Jambin, travelling through the region not long after the disaster occurred.
I was able to meet with Mayor Ron Carige in the Banana Shire and would especially like to thank Cr Paul Lobegeier for taking the time to introduce me to local primary producers who’d been badly affected.
I wanted to assure them that their neighbours to the south in my Electorate of Nanango were right behind them and that they also had my full support.
While I understand the North Burnett and parts of the Banana Shire have had their drought declarations revoked, I would encourage any primary producers who feel their properties are still feeling the effects of drought to consider applying for an individual droughted property declaration.
I welcome the common sense Federal Budget announcements for primary producers which particularly acknowledge and support rural areas doing it tough.
There are tax deductions available for water facilities, fodder storage assets and fencing costs – practical measures which can make a real difference for farming families.
Plus there’s $1.8 million to fund an additional 10 counsellors under the Rural Financial Counselling Service.
This is an extremely worthwhile service which deserves extra support as I know how important these counsellors have been in helping people through such hard times.
Overall, I want to assure our farmers and fishers that my aim is to provide them with strong representation and continue to highlight the issues which are important to our primary producers and their families.
I would encourage local producers and industry groups to make contact with my office to highlight issues which need representation.