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16 September 2020
Victorian Farmers Federation is urging farmers to nominate for upcoming local council elections to ensure agriculture has appropriate representation and farmer needs are heard.
Federation president and Wimmera farmer David Jochinke said there was a need for more farmers on municipal councils.
“No one knows the issues and concerns of the Victorian farming community better than farmers themselves,” he said.
“We need more farmers on councils so our message is heard on key issues including the need for fair rates, maintenance of local roads and keeping roadsides clear of weeds.
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“Farming communities need to work together to seek out the best candidates and give them support.”
The VFF has reminded potential candidates of key dates and requirements needed to ensure acceptance of their nominations. These include –
Tomorrow: Candidates must complete mandatory local government candidate training before submitting any application.
September 22: Nominations close at noon.
September 23: Lodgement of candidate statements, photos and questionnaires close at noon.
Mr Jochinke said candidates could access further information, including how to nominate via Victorian Electoral Commission’s website, www.vec.vic.gov.au.
“Farmers’ voices are more important than ever before,” he said.
“We have a real opportunity for agriculture to help lead the country on its economic rebuild and farming knowledge and expertise at a local government level will be vital during our recovery.”
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