Fruit fly cuts a bitter pill to swallow

A plan to slash funding to Victoria’s fight against Queensland fruit fly will make it harder for our farmers to fight off outbreaks of the destructive pest. The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed today it will slash fruit fly funds in the 2021-22 State Budget with just $5.3 million to be allocated to community grants…

Delays leave local farmers exposed to illegal trespass

Laws to impose on-the-spot fines to better protect Murray Plains farmers against farm trespass still haven’t been drafted, six months after the Andrews Labor Government finally agreed to the change. A parliamentary inquiry recommended on-the-spot fines be implemented as a solution to stop extreme animal activities breaking into farms, stealing livestock and damaging biosecurity. But…

Workable solution needed for NSW border closure

Families and businesses on the Victoria-New South Wales border are crying out for a solution to strict border closures that are causing chaos and confusion and making it impossible to go about daily life. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said constant changes to the NSW Government’s permit system aren’t workable for farmers, families and…