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As I see It
1 November 2017
Taking the key issues to all political parties
In just over a year, Victorian’s will be heading to the polls to elect the 58th Parliament of Victoria.
We will be discussing key farming and rural community priorities with all parties and independents over the coming months to progress agriculture and address rural issues throughout Victoria.
- Local government sustainability, efficiency and equitable rates. We have been actively involved in the Ararat Rural City Council rates issue earlier this year and assisted in lobbying government to conduct an inquiry. This is only the beginning to ensure all councils take note we demand accountability
- Rural roads and rail infrastructure. With access to the Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund, we need a state-wide roadmap to deliver the infrastructure that supports an export focused production base
- Rural telecommunications is a huge issue with the lack or low quality of telecommunications outside Melbourne is appalling. The great divide between rural and urban Australia is the holding back of business growth and job creation and will become more apparent as the telecommunications access widens. Whilst often seen as a federal issue, the rate of change is slow and we need the support and drive of state government to increase funding and political influence to keep this on the agenda
- We need reliable and cost effective energy supply to remain competitive on a global market. Long term planning is required to meet the growing needs in rural Victoria. We need a bipartisan plan that sees energy supply sured up for continuing growth
- Biosecurity is critical to protect Victoria agricultural exports worth $12.8B. Biosecurity cuts across planning in peri-urban and green wedge areas, control of wild dogs and foxes, right to farm, trespass and owner permissions, and animal activism that breaches on-farm security
- Farm safety - keeping farming families safe is important to us. Resourcing on-farm safety awareness and capacity building to reach our zero target for farm fatalities
- Water - ensuing long term planning for water through our vast network of managed water systems; the Murray-Darling Basin, irrigation schemes and dam run off.
Our conversations with all parties will be open and frank, as we look for leadership in Victoria to continue to deliver impactful opportunities for all Victorian’s fairly.
David Jochinke - President