Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
Farmers’ markets and small food producers across East Gippsland will receive increased support under a Liberal-Nationals Government, if successful at the November poll.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, welcomed the announcement the Liberal Nationals will restore the $2 million Farmers’ Market Support Program, saying these markets are an important part of the community.
“Farmers’ markets promote locally sourced and grown produce, generating jobs and investment in our local small food producers and the East Gippsland community,” Mr Bull said.
“With this program being quietly axed by the Andrews Labor Government, this announcement is quite pleasing as farmers’ markets and small food producers are very important to East Gippsland in particular.
“We have many successful markets here in East Gippsland that source directly from local businesses who form part of our thriving agricultural sector.
“On top of this, people who come into town for farmers’ markets shop locally in various other small businesses as well.”
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh, said the Liberal-Nationals would also work to cut red tape.
“Our small food producers have a reputation for providing high-quality, delicious, locally made goods, but red tape is making it harder for them to do business,” Mr Walsh said.
“The Liberal-Nationals will take a common sense approach and work with our small food producers to ensure there are sensible regulations so they can get on with business.”
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, meets with Forge Creek Lamb’s Neil Stringer at Saturday’s East Gippsland Farmers’ Market, following the announcement the Farmers’ Market Support Program would be introduced under a Liberal Nationals Government.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018