The ‘tough love’ of the ranches in NSW
Ranches are not exempt from tough love from the Government.
On Tuesday the Opposition’s community relations spokesman and the shadow environment minister, John Barilaro, will meet with a group of ranches to hear from their business owners about the challenges facing the industry.
“The Government has a tough, tough job and it needs to be done in a fair way,” Mr Barilaros said.
It is important that they know what is happening in the industry and why it is happening.
The Government needs to ensure that they are doing their jobs in a way that is in the best interests of the industry, the Minister said.
“I would urge them to work together to make sure that they make the right decisions in the future.”
The Prime Minister said he would make the first visit to a ranches since the election last month, a move that comes after the Government announced $200 million in funding to help the industry in 2018-19.
Mr Barilarot said the Government needed to take a closer look at the issue of community concerns.
A report from the Parliamentary Library on Indigenous land rights will be released in the next fortnight.
‘It’s about the future’Ranch owners are now looking to the Government for help.
Ranchers want the Government to look at changes to the way the Government treats their land, and not just the cattle, to ensure it is not being exploited by developers and others.
“We’re all concerned about the impact of climate change, but there’s also the impact on the environment, on biodiversity, on the biodiversity of our native ecosystem,” said R.T. Molloy, owner of one of the five farms on the northern NSW-Queensland border.
There is also a real fear for the future of the traditional farming industry in the state.
We want to have a positive impact on Indigenous people and our native people, and we want the future to be positive for our people, he said.