FENCEPOST IN­SIDE

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Blake An­trobus

SCRUBBING away patches of soil on his farm in Boompa, James Hansen fears he’ll have to be on the look­out for un­wel­come vis­i­tors.

The North Bur­nett dairy farmer and Fraser Coast coun­cil­lor fears his safety and the safety of other farm­ers is at risk af­ter ad­dresses and de­tails were pub­lished on an in­ter­ac­tive map run by an Aus­tralian animal ac­tivist group.

Cr Hansen took to the coun­cil podium on Wed­nes­day to slam the ac­tion as jeop­ar­dis­ing the liveli­hood of farm­ers.

His fiery com­ments fol­low na­tional out­rage from farm­ers and Fed­eral MPs across Aus­tralia over the in­ter­ac­tive map, which have sparked calls for au­thor­i­ties to shut it down.

The map de­tails the lo­ca­tions, ad­dresses, ac­cred­i­ta­tion num­bers and names of farms and abat­toirs all over Aus­tralia.

Aussie Farms, an animal ac­tivist group with more than 22,000 Face­book fol­low­ers, re­leased the map last Mon­day, say­ing it was an at­tempt to “force trans­parency on an in­dus­try de­pen­dent on se­crecy”.

Cr Hansen’s Boompa farm, as well as many other farms across the North Bur­nett, is listed on the map.

The move has sparked se­cu­rity and biose­cu­rity con­cerns from farm­ing groups and MPs should mem­bers stage protests or break on to prop­er­ties.

Speak­ing at Wed­nes­day’s coun­cil meeting in Her­vey Bay, Cr Hansen said he felt the pub­li­ca­tion of ad­dresses and per­sonal de­tails by the group was an at­tack on Aus­tralian farm­ers.

“They’ve listed our pri­vate de­tails on a web­site,” Cr Hansen said.

“There are di­rect, very pre­cise, maps to get to our farms and the only rea­son they would do that is to dis­rupt our liveli­hoods.

“It’s a ter­ri­ble thing and as a com­mu­nity leader I con­demn this ac­tion.

“I don’t con­demn what peo­ple eat and that sort of thing, but I con­demn these sorts of ac­tions.”

Cr Hansen said he was not only con­cerned for farm­ers, but also for the ac­tivists.

“If they en­ter peo­ple’s farms, a lot of farm­ers have dogs and that kind of stuff, it’s not safe,” he said.

“You don’t want peo­ple com­ing along to your prop­erty un­in­vited and do­ing what they want to do.”

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, Aussie Farms aims to end “com­mer­cialised animal abuse and ex­ploita­tion in Aus­tralian animal agri­cul­ture fa­cil­i­ties” by “in­creas­ing in­dus­try trans­parency and ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about mod­ern farm­ing and slaugh­ter­ing prac­tices”.

PHOTO: BLAKE AN­TROBUS

FARM SE­CU­RITY FEARS: North Bur­nett dairy farmer and Fraser Coast coun­cil­lor James Hansen has slammed the ac­tiv­i­ties of farm ac­tivist group Aussie Farms.

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