LOCAL farmers joined Bass MP Brian Paynter and Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Water, Peter Walsh for an informal lunch at the Kernot Store last week.
The lunch was an opportunity to catch up with farmers in the region and discuss issues impacting at the moment.
Mr Walsh spoke about the current dairy crisis.
Some farmers were concerned for young farmers without any equity in their property.
The message from Mr Walsh was to keep the pressure on Murray Goulburn and Fonterra to reverse these devastating price cuts.
Another issue of concern was the deal by Daniel Andrews that could see control of Australia’s largest volunteer organisation, the CFA, handed to the United Firefighters Union (UFU).
The farmers are appalled that the needs of local volunteer fire fighters are being neglected.
Mr Paynter said the Kernot Store is a terrific location for him to catch up with local farmers.
“Peter Walsh joining me to speak about issues relating to the farmers personally was welcomed,” he said.
“Peter has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the farmers and they seemed to really enjoy the day.
“I look forward to meeting with the farmers again soon. It’s always an enjoyable way to connect with people who don’t come into town often.”