Dairy fo­cus for Lit­tleproud’s Shep­par­ton visit

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The dairy in­dus­try is ex­pected to be a key fo­cus of Fed­eral Wa­ter and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud’s Shep­par­ton visit this week, with no plans to hold a wa­ter-fo­cused event.

With the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan con­tin­u­ing to be a con­cern to lo­cal farm­ers and ir­ri­ga­tors, the topic is ex­pected to be raised at the com­mu­nity fo­rum on Wed­nes­day.

Mr Lit­tleproud and Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum will host the fo­rum, with farm­ers given the op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress ques­tions to both MPs.

As part of his visit to Shep­par­ton, Mr Lit­tleproud hopes to meet with dairy com­pany Free­dom Foods rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and will visit two farms — a dairy farm and a broad­acre crop­ping prop­erty.

A meeting will also be held with AMB Fruits In­dus­try to dis­cuss the busi­ness, which pro­cesses sec­ond-grade fruit and ap­ples to turn them into other prod­ucts in­clud­ing de­hy­drated ap­ple chips.

Mr Lit­tleproud’s visit on Wed­nes­day will be the third time he has vis­ited the Goul­burn Val­ley re­gion since tak­ing over the port­fo­lio in De­cem­ber last year.

A meeting be­tween Mr Lit­tleproud, the Speak Up Cam­paign and the Mur­ray Re­gional Strat­egy Group will take place in De­niliquin on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. ■ The com­mu­nity fo­rum will be held in func­tion room one at the East­bank Cen­tre, Wels­ford St, Shep­par­ton from 11 am to 1.15 pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31. ■ To RSVP, email: damian.drum.mp@aph.gov.au

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