Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated the Alpine Valley Dairy Pathway Project on its effective delegation to Canberra on 22 March.
Ms McGowan said the AVDPP’s meetings with senior government ministers were productive and demonstrated the leadership in the dairy industry in Indi.
Issues discussed included farm succession and transitions, improving agricultural education outcomes, efficient and productive use of water, access to reliable and affordable power and connectivity, and sustainable employment and investment growth.
“As a result the National Farmers Federation will now work with the AVDPP on educational programs, the Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia Joel Fitzgibbon has been invited to visit, and the AVDPP was able to explore funding opportunities for industry expansion,” Ms McGowan said.
The AVDPP will also meet with the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews in May to discuss agriculture education pathways.
Ms McGowan, who has facilitated the work of the AVDPP around the crisis currently faced by dairy farmers in the North East, said the delegation was a perfect example of how effective people could be in their own communities.
“I am so proud of the AVDPP and the communities who have stood behind them while they have sought a way forward for the dairy industry,” Ms McGowan said.