AgForce launches #FairLaws4Farm­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

AGFORCE is urg­ing Queenslanders to get be­hind its new Fair Laws for Farm­ers.

The cam­paign aims to help farm­ers grow their busi­nesses, cre­ate jobs and pro­duce more food and fi­bre.

AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley said the cam­paign would in­clude bill­boards, a ded­i­cated web­site, so­cial me­dia posts and protest ral­lies to pro­mote the mes­sage that pro­posed changes to vege­ta­tion man­age­ment laws would do more harm than good and should be scrapped.

“Queens­land agri­cul­ture has the po­ten­tial to grow from $17 bil­lion a year to $30 bil­lion in the next decade, de­liv­er­ing new jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties in our re­gions. But to grow, we need sen­si­ble land man­age­ment laws,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed changes to vege­ta­tion man­age­ment laws will drive up food prices, shut down re­gional devel­op­ment and ul­ti­mately cost jobs.”

“Farm­ers just want a fair go: We’re call­ing on all Queenslanders to sup­port fair laws for farm­ers.”

Mr Maud­s­ley said AgForce would be crowd­fund­ing to sup­port the cam­paign via a new web­site at fair­lawsfor­farm­ers.com with the money raised to as­sist with cam­paign costs.

“In ad­di­tion, we have been film­ing land­hold­ers across the state telling their sto­ries in their own words about how the pro­posed vege­ta­tion man­age­ment laws will af­fect them,” Mr Maud­s­ley said.

“These videos will be reg­u­larly rolling out on our so­cial me­dia plat­forms and the new web­site.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at fair­lawsfor­farm­ers.com. Queenslanders can join the con­ver­sa­tion on so­cial me­dia with #FairLaws4Farm­ers.

“Farm­ers are sick and tired of be­ing kicked around like a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball on this is­sue, with 18 ma­jor changes and 38 amend­ments to vege­ta­tion man­age­ment laws since 1999,” he said.

“We want fair laws that pro­vide cer­tainty to land­hold­ers and stand the test of time.

“We want fair laws that al­low farm­ers to get on with the job of pro­duc­ing high qual­ity food and fi­bre for Aus­tralia and the rest of the world.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BACK­ING FARM­ERS: AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley urges res­i­dents to jump aboard the Fair Laws for Farm­ers cam­paign.

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