The National Farmers’ Federation has booked appointments with the incoming Coalition Government ministers even before it is clear who they will be.By Cathy Walker
NFF president Duncan Fraser said on Monday the NFF would keep up the pressure on Canberra to deliver on its key election pledges to agriculture, particularly its promised $100
‘‘We strongly believe the Coalition heard our message and we will be eager to speak to the new trade, regional affairs and agriculture ministers,’’ Mr Fraser said.
‘‘We’ve moved past the rhetoric and now we welcome the opportunity to work with the government.’’
Mr Fraser said the election results delivered a clear message to politicians of all persuasions: ‘‘Don’t take rural and regional Australia for granted — they will bite back pretty quickly.’’
Former VFF president Andrew Broad was elected to represent Mallee for the Nationals in the Coalition, reputedly flying to each of the widespread booths in his electorate.
His successor Peter Tuohey said on Monday he expected Mr Broad would make a very effective contribution.
‘‘I’m sure he’ll be chewing a lot of ears to make sure things will happen,’’ Mr Tuohey said.
‘‘Andrew’s understanding of ag issues is important. But more importantly there has been a lack of people (in parliament) who have been involved in business and never lived in the real world, relying on advisers who are the same.’’
Mr Tuohey said he was one of the regional Australians or travellers who looked forward to the $100
‘‘Carbon tax was a key issue from the farmers’ perspective, and we also welcome the promised reduction in red and green tape.’’
A male allegedly armed with a hunting knifed stole cash from a Euroa McDonald's last night.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Drivers crossing the Echuca-Moama bridge faced delays this morning at 11.30am when a tractor lost its wheel.
Rochester’s old Courthouse is undergoing a facelift thanks to a restoration grant.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Australian sporting legends are at Heathcote Golf Club this morning for the MS Ashes Trek golf day to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Cobram Barooga Apex Club have raised more than $3600 for Irvin House at Cobram District Health.
Deniliquin RSL Club's A grade bowling championships came to a head on Sunday, with preliminary matches in B and C grade also taking place.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes has thrown his support behind the government’s proposed new domestic animal ownership laws.
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