Coffs Harbour Farmers Given Support By Deputy Premier

Coffs Harbour Farmers Given Support By Deputy Premier

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro

More Legal Support To Protect Our Farmers In Coffs Harbour

Victor P Taffa

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales John Barilaro alongside the New South Wales Nationals Candidate for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh visited farms in Coffs Harbour today to discuss ‘right to farm’ issues impacting the region.

As part of an election commitment the New South Wales Nationals have announced an Agriculture Commissioner who would be appointed as an advocate for better planning reforms and act as a guide to government on reducing unnecessary red tape.

Agricultural Commissioner will support farmers, small timber operators and agricultural processors whenever regional ‘lawfare’ is used to threaten their right to farm.

Mr. Singh said the ‘right to farm’ reforms will improve productivity and create more certainty for farmers in the Coffs Harbour electorate.

“Our farming community faces daily threats, including increased regulation, tough seasonal conditions and the growing market power of major corporates.” Mr. Singh said.

“Rest of Coffs Harbour feels the strain when our farmers are suffering, so this announcement will empower our whole region.”

Commissioner will also work alongside the planning authorities to strengthen standards development and zoning methods and make recommendations to government to ensure farmers are always protected.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales John Barilaro said he looks forward to the Commissioner getting to work on key issues currently affecting the sector.

“Commissioner will fight for our farmers, address the recent attack on farmers by the mischievously named Aussie Farms and will make strong policy recommendations to the New South Wales Nationals.” Deputy Premier Barilaro said.

“It is important that farming communities like Coffs Harbour know the New South Wales Nationals will always back them in when it comes to protecting their livelihood.”

New Agriculture Commissioner will be supported by the necessary legislative or regulatory tools, which will be developed alongside key industry stakeholders like the New South Wales Farmers’ Association and Local Government New South Wales.