Members of the Goulburn Valley’s agricultural community will have the opportunity to lobby federal Cabinet to support SPC Ardmona.January 21, 2014 4:08am
Members of the Goulburn Valley’s agricultural community will have the opportunity to lobby federal Cabinet to support SPC Ardmona.
A campaign launched last week by Country News sister paper Shepparton News allows people to contact all Cabinet members by email.
Cabinet will meet on January 30 to decide whether to provide $25
Mooroopna orchardist and SPCA supplier Peter Hall said the ‘‘game changing’’ investment would allow the company to innovate.
‘‘I’d encourage every community member that can write, tap out an email or jump on Facebook to tell them we need the $25
‘‘Rather than it being a cash handout it’s a recognition of the value of the industry.’’
According to reports, senior Cabinet ministers are opposed to helping the company for fear of creating a precedent.
More than 250 letters have already been sent from the Shepparton News website.
Earlier this month Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone took the unusual step of accusing some Cabinet members of being driven by free market ‘‘dogma’’.
Last week Dr Stone encouraged the community to get behind the campaign.
‘‘I think this letter-writing campaign is a great idea, we really need to show cabinet how important SPCA is to our community,’’ she said.
‘‘Cabinet will be meeting on the 30th of January and I will be making another submission to Cabinet when they meet.’’
The campaign follows a number of petitions submitted to Federal Government.
‘‘I have handed two petitions in on behalf of the electorate since the election regarding SPCA not being able to compete with the low-cost imported preserved fruit, with more than 7000 signatures supporting SPCA,’’ Dr Stone said.
‘‘We must continue this fantastic support.’’
Fruitgrowers Victoria general manager John Wilson welcomed the initiative.
‘‘It’s hopeful that the Federal Government will use common sense rather than very dry economic rationale to avoid supporting the community,’’ Mr Wilson said.
‘‘It looks like they’re looking at reasons not to do something that’s very worthwhile rather than reasons for doing it.
‘‘We would hope this would turn their minds.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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