Candidates commit to industry

Peter Delahunty said the ACCC’s proposed mandatory code of conduct might help the dairy industry if implemented properly.

Three state election candidates have committed to “ongoing consultation” with the Colac district agriculture industry if elected at next month’s state election.

Polwarth MP Richard Riordan, Polwarth Greens candidate Courtney Gardner and Western Victoria Liberal candidate Bev McArthur answered questions from the district’s farmers at a Victorian Farmer’s Federation and United Dairyfarmers of Victoria meeting on Wednesday.

UDV Colac branch president Peter Delahunty said the meeting was “a huge success” and 45 people attended from Colac, Camperdown, Cobden, Timboon and Birregurra.

Mr Delahunty said Polwarth Labor candidate Doug Johnston “was an apology” and did not attend the meeting.

“The candidates spoke about supporting farmers in their pursuit of farming and they see a great future for the industry and they see the importance for our local economy,” Mr Delahunty said.

“We got a commitment from them that they would have ongoing consultation with us, because the parliamentary term is four years so we don’t want to only see the successful candidate every four years when there’s an election on.”

See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.

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