Rally unites res­i­dents

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

IN THE lead-up to the veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment hear­ing, at­ten­dees from across the south­west united for the veg­e­ta­tion rally, stand­ing to­gether in a vis­ual dis­play of strength.

The crowd lined Wills St, Charleville, at noon, await­ing the ar­rival of the State De­vel­op­ment, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Agri­cul­tural In­dus­tries De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, which was trav­el­ling into town from the Lon­greach hear­ing ear­lier that morn­ing.

The crowd held hand­writ­ten plac­ards and ban­ners as the CEO of Ag­Force chief ex­ec­u­tive, LNP mem­bers and lo­cal gra­ziers gave short speeches about the unity of small towns in the face of the pro­posed re­stric­tions.

“I’ve been on the road this week and the turnout from the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and the mes­sage we are send­ing this gov­ern­ment has been powerful,” Ag­Force chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Guerin told the crowd.

“Peo­ple have driven for miles to th­ese to have their voices heard and I think this may be the big­gest crowd of all.”

At 1pm the res­i­dents filed into the Charleville town hall for the hear­ing.

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