Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said Labor’s Country Caucus would be treated to a showcase of the importance of primary production on the North-West coast this Monday and Tuesday (23 and 24 January 2017).

Formed in the last Parliament, the Country Caucus devotes itself to the promotion of good policy outcomes for rural, regional and remote communities.

“I am very pleased to be joined by my colleagues Federal Lyons MP Brian Mitchell and Senator Anne Urquhart in hosting the delegation of the Country Caucus for two days on the North West coast,” Ms Keay said.

“This will be a great opportunity to promote a number of primary producers as well as rural and regional issues.”

Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Joel Fitzgibbon will be joined on the tour by Country Caucus Chair, Richmond MP, Justine Elliot, Secretary Queensland Senator Anthony Chisolm, Senators Anne Urquhart, Chris Ketter, Malarndirri McCarthy and Helen Polley and Federal Members of Parliament Justine Keay, Brian Mitchell, Shayne Neumann, Stephen Jones, Ross Hart, Lisa Chesters and Meryl Swanson.

“During the tour the group will meet representatives from Petuna, Botanical Resources Australia, Costagroup and Enchanted Isle Farms,” Ms Keay said.

“This will be complemented by a meeting with local dairy and cropping farmers at Riana as well as a visit to Kentish Council to discuss regional issues including the recent funding decision regarding funding of the Kentish Health Centre.

“In addition to this trip ensuring our Federal Parliamentary colleagues have a better understanding of agriculture and regional health and their importance on the North West coast, Country Caucus will also undertake a planning session to discuss key policy issues such as regional jobs, education, services and sustainable profitable agriculture,” Ms Keay said.

“While Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has not paid one visit to Tasmania, let alone Braddon, this will be the second time Joel Fitzgibbon has been here in the past six months.

“Following last year’s floods and what is a critical time for the agriculture sector, we need to be listening to our farmers and regional communities as much as possible.”

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