Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Have a say on dairy levy

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Dairy farmers are being invited to have a say on the future level of the dairy service levy.

Earlier this year, dairy farmer and industry representa­tives were appointed to an independen­t Levy Poll Advisory Committee, set up to conduct the levy review. Chair Ron Storey led the review and said it’s now time for the dairy farmers to vote on the levy.

‘‘Twelve out of the 15 LPAC members are dairy farmers and the decision was unanimous,’’ he said.

‘‘The last levy poll was almost 10 years ago. A lot has changed during that time for farmers and the industry looks quite different. There are challenges, but there are also great opportunit­ies.

‘‘It’s important that the Australian dairy industry has the right settings for future investment so that it can develop and realise its full potential. This poll puts that decision in the hands of those with most at stake, the dairy farmers.’’

LPAC will now develop some recommenda­tions and voting options, which are expected to be completed by September this year. It is anticipate­d the poll will be held in March next year, with an outcome by April.

LPAC and its members will continue seeking input and feedback from farmers in the coming weeks to determine the voting options, including a preferred LPAC option.

To view LPAC’s full report on the decision around moving to a levy poll and more on the dairy levy review, go to www.dairylevyr­eview.com.au.

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