Media Releases

Media Contact

Heather Smillie
T: (03) 9207 5563 | M: 0400 874 589 | hsmillie@vff.org.au

  • Final rating review public forums held in Melbourne | 15/10/2019  

    Farmers are being encouraged to attend the last public hearings for the Local Government Rating System Review being held in Melbourne next week to make their voices heard on Victoria’s rating strategy.
  • Farmer groups cheesed off about GI protections | 25/09/2019  

    Farmers are being urged to fight back against the European Union’s demands for Australia to restrict the use of common cheese names in a proposed free trade agreement between Australia and the 28 EU countries.
  • VFF calls for tougher trespass penalties at Parliamentary hearing | 23/09/2019  

    The VFF President David Jochinke presented today at the Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Rights Activism to ask for farm trespass penalties to be strengthened to $220,000 for individuals and $400,000 for organisations, and $1,000 on-the-spot fines
  • Victorian drought road train network extended | 4/09/2019  

    As a result of VFF lobbying, VicRoads has announced the extension of the Victorian drought road train network to include Calder Highway, just in time for harvest.
  • Disagreement on Basin Plan disappoints | 8/08/2019  

    The release of the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council Communiqué three days after the meeting took place shows a high level of disagreement between the Basin States and Commonwealth Governments.
  • ACCC Dairy Committee must protect all dairy farmers | 7/08/2019  

    The UDV today welcomes the new ACCC Dairy Consultative Committee and says the Committee must be given the power to consider all claims relating to breaches of the mandatory code of conduct.
  • Basin Plan does not provide security for dairy farmers | 1/08/2019  

    The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) refute claims made by the Federal Minister for Water David Littleproud yesterday that the Basin Plan has provided security for the dairy industry.
  • Time for action at Water Ministerial Council | 29/07/2019  

    The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is calling for real action on four key issues when the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council meets in Canberra this Sunday 4 August.
  • Two weeks left for Victorian animal activism inquiry | 19/07/2019  

    The VFF is calling on all farmers, supply chain businesses, and agricultural professionals to make a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Activism before it closes in two weeks.
  • VFF leads mandatory pain relief for mulesing | 18/07/2019  

    The VFF Livestock Group is leading regulatory change in partnership with the Victorian Government to mandate pain relief for mulesing sheep to achieve the highest animal welfare outcomes.

For media inquiries, please contact Heather Smillie on 0400 874 589 or (03) 9207 5524