Underpass funding boost welcomed

28 May 2018


Tasmania’s peak farming organisation has welcomed the news that the State Government will increase funding to its Stock Underpass Pilot Scheme.

Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) CEO Peter Skillern said that the underpass initiative was a recognition of the importance of agriculture to the Tasmanian economy, which currently contributes over $1.5 billion a year.

TFGA Dairy Council Chairman Andrew Lester congratulated the Government for working with industry to encourage increased investment into the program.

“This is a great initiative for our industry and the broader rural community,” Mr Lester said.

Mr Skillern also said that the TFGA welcomed the opportunity to work closely with Government on its whole-of-government White Paper on the Competitiveness of Tasmanian agriculture for 2050.

“As the State’s peak industry body, we are well placed to identify the barriers and opportunities when it comes to economic growth in our sector,” he said.