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WAFarmers congratulates new WA Government

WAFarmers congratulates WA Labor, which convincingly won in the 2017 WA State Election.

WAFarmers President Tony York said WA Labor had performed reasonably well against the WAFarmers State Election Policy Platform which was demonstrated in the WAFarmers scorecard.

“We congratulate Mark McGowan and his team at WA Labor on being elected to government,” he said.

“With their election, it is expected the party will capitalise on the existing recognition of WA agriculture as an economic powerhouse, and making the sector a priority moving forward.”

Mr York said there were interesting times ahead for agriculture, and that WAFarmers expected the new government to now get to work on delivering on the promises they made during the campaign.

“They must commence work immediately on fast-tracking a proposal for a Livestock Precinct in the south west to replace the Boyanup saleyards, as the deadline for leaving the current location is looming,” he said.

“We applaud their recognition that the Department of Agriculture and Food WA has been severely decimated over the years, and urge them to make commissioning a thorough review of the roles and responsibilities of the department and investigating whether its governance structure suits contemporary agriculture a priority.

“In line with this, we look forward to seeing the results from the review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, given recent biosecurity issues in WA and across Australia.

“Finally, having welcomed their support for additional resources for regional communities and front line regional fire services and their commitment towards ensuring more effort is made in mitigating against the risk of fire disasters, we implore them to get to work on this quickly ahead of the 2017-18 bushfire season.”

Mr York said that despite fundamental differences regarding Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link, WAFarmers hoped to work closely with the new government for the benefit of WA agriculture over their term.

“We look forward to fostering new and existing relationships with representatives of WA Labor, and working alongside them to achieve the best results for our members and the state’s vibrant agricultural sector,” he said.