VFF goes bush with policy forums


Thursday 2 March 2017
VICTORIA’s peak farmer group is doubling its efforts to connect with its rural membership by hosting policy forums across the state to get feedback on what issues primary producers want the organisation to champion.


The Victorian Farmers Federation will host a series of seventeen policy forums this year, with the events to kick off next Tuesday at Tallangatta and Wednesday at Mansfield in the State’s north east.


VFF Livestock President Leonard Vallance, who will be chairing next week’s forums, said the events were designed to give the farmer group grassroots advice on its policy development.


“This is a great opportunity to engage rural communities in a discussion about vital issues in their regions – issues that aren’t always the focus of in depth analysis, but are still important,” Mr Vallance said.


“The purpose of these forums is to encourage members to take a more active role in policy formation, because we really are here to be your representatives, so we need to know what’s important to you.”


The events will be brainstorming sessions in a dinner setting, with farmers invited to share with each other their issues, with the ideas then being discussed with the rest of the audience, along with VFF executive members and staff.


The first two events will take a heavy livestock focus, which will be replicated for other commodities across the different regions as the forums unfold.


“We decided at our annual conference last year that the best way to engage rural communities in policy formation is to take our team to them and not expect them to come to Melbourne,” Mr Vallance said.


“The VFF’s policy is still driven by its heartland members and we haven’t lost sight of that, so these regional policy forums will now take the place of the annual conference.”


The Tallangatta forum will be at the Tallangatta Hotel, 77 Towong St, Tallangatta.


The Mansfield forum will be at the Delatite Hotel, 95 High St, Mansfield.


Both events will kick off at 6.00pm.


Entry is $20 for members (including free drink) and $30 for non-members.
All farmers are welcome to attend


Media Contacts:

Leonard Vallance, VFF Livestock President: 0417 551 547

Ashley Mackinnon, VFF Public Affairs Officer: 0417 165 784