Council Shame: Relief as stand-off resolved

05 May 2024

Today, Tasmania's peak body for farmers welcomes the announcement of critical drought relief feed shipments from Victoria to farmers on King Island via the Port of Welshpool.

President Ian Sauer commends the Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Jane Howlett, Minister for Primary Industry and Water, and the Premier's department for resolving the stand-off with the Colac Otway Shire Council.

Mr Sauer expressed his dismay at the necessity for such measures, saying, 'It's outrageous that it has come to this, but this news will give some confidence to King Island farmers and the Lions Club charity Need for Feed, who have been advocating for much-needed fodder from Apollo Bay.'

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In criticism of the council Mr Sauer said, 'If the shire truly cared for our country and its farmers, and acted as responsible corporate citizens, we wouldn't be in this situation. They should feel ashamed, and the nation should be appalled by this injustice.'

However, Mr Sauer acknowledged the positive step forward, noting, 'We now have a viable solution, and the government's responsiveness offers King Island farmers some breathing space.'

He praised the exemplary support from Victorian farmers, highlighting the strong camaraderie between Tasmania's King Island and Victoria, citing previous instances where King Island farmers assisted during Victoria's Black Summer Fires.

Mr Sauer concluded by applauding the state government's efforts, stating, 'The Premier's dedication to this issue is evident, and Tasmanians can take pride in the government's swift action.