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.’’
Three Shepparton companies have received Victorian Government grants for their innovative practises.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
The Rotary Club of Tatura has inducted four new members since the middle of last year.
Echuca tennis player Regan More and Echuca cricketer Taylor Beard are March 2014's Sportstar nominees.
Police are diverting traffic on the Midland Hwy south of Elmore following a collision between two trucks this afternoon.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Plenty of entries and an enjoyable afternoon.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
After his ute lost its load, a winery manager hid eight tanks while he went to get a new rope, but they were gone when he returned.
Students took to Cobram library for holiday Easter-themed craft.
Following a massive win against the Deni Rovers on Saturday, the Bloods have hit top spot for the first time since 2009.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Two drivers were lucky to escape injury after a truck and car collided on Midland Hwy near Benalla this afternoon.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.