Key Achievements

Updated August 2020

Cropping and Horticulture

  • $2 million from the NSW Government for a study into farm income protection insurance
  • Protected the efficiency of the grains industry byuccessfully opposing damaging proposed changes to locomotive emissions standards
  • Successfully advocated for stronger biosecurity laws to reduce threats from foot and mouth disease, African Swine Fever, and brown marmorated stink bug
  • Review of training requirements for pesticides users by the Environment Protection Authority

Economics and Rural Affairs

  • Successfully advocated for the Right to Farm Bill that has created stronger trespass laws with harsher penalties
  • Led the call for significant NSW Government drought support resulting in an additional $310 million drought support package
  • Informed the development of the NFF National Drought Policy
  • Advocated for greater bushfire assistance for primary producers and achieved funding to help replace boundary fencing adjoining public lands destroyed in the summer bushfires
  • $1.87 million from the Federal Government to develop a new vaccine for Q Fever, and three rounds of the NSW Health Q fever awareness campaign completed
  • Engaged with Transport for NSW resulting in wins in expanding online access for conditional registrations, clarification of appropriate use of handpainted number plates (for agricultural implements) and progress on the issue of upgrading level crossings on the Newell Highway
  • Achieved $37.5 million in funding to extend the Wild Dog Exclusion Fence along the western and northern borders, doubling its length
  • Secured funding to continue the Western Division Wild Dog Coordinator position for a further 12 months
  • Gained funding for two year Kids on Farms program to expand school students’ connections to agriculture
  • Additional State and Commonwealth funding to improve connectivity (voice and data access) across regional NSW, including the roll out of the Mobile Black Spot Program
  • Began progressing recommendations from the Coronial General Inquiry into the Sir Ivan Doherty Road Fire with NSW Rural Fire Service
  • Successfully advocated against the introduction of Capital Improved Value (CIV) local government rating
  • Advocated for improvements to the cost and reliability of regional electricity through the IPART review of electricity standards and the NSW Government Energy Security Target & Safeguard 
  • Advocated for improvements to the Farm Household Allowance to address administration and access issues, and improvements and expedition of the Regional Investment Corporation loan processes
  • Advocated for a reconsideration of the decision to close the Brewarrina and Ivanhoe correctional centres, and called for maintenance of public sector employment in these towns
  • Worked with Essential Energy to raise issues around private poles and costs for repairs, leading to the development of a briefing by Essential Energy to help consumers understand private pole responsibilities

Environment

  • Successfully achieved the establishment of the Agricultural Commissioner to champion the Right to Farm.
  • Right to Farm Bill passes to protect farmers from nuisance complaints
  • Established the NSW Farmers Water Taskforce to advocate for improved water management throughout the Murray Darling Basin
  • Advocated for comprehensive real-time metering and monitoring for both water quantity and water quality in surface and ground water sources.
  • Promoted security of groundwater and other water sources and protection of prime agricultural land from impacts from Coal Seam Gas activities.
  • Reform of the native vegetation legislation to improve farm productivity and biodiversity
  • Development of tenure neutral NSW Government policy framework for pest and weeds management
  • Deer management no longer subject to game licencing requirements
  • Suspension of onerous tagging and shoot and let lie requirements for kangaroos

Livestock

  • Successfully advocated for on-the-spot fines for rural trespassers to recognise the biosecurity risk they create
  • Achieved the implementation of a Mandatory Code of Conduct for the dairy industry
  • Protected the mob based traceability system for goats and sheep
  • Successfully opposed the development of a rangeland goat harvester licensing scheme
  • Secured a national definition for free range eggs
  • Developed a unified industry position on the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry that supports all production systems
  • Led advocacy to highlight the impacts of loss of competition in the poultry meat processing sector on contract growers, resulting in the ACCC launching a review
    of the Chicken Meat Industry.

Oyster Industry

  • Advocated for the creation of the Seafood Innovation Fund to provide the aquaculture industry access to low interest loans
  • Achieved the development of Supply Chain Support Grants- Bushfire grants applicable to the unique needs of aquaculture and horticulture
  • A waiver of all fees and levies payable by oyster growers post the COVID-19 induced downturn
  • Creation of the Seafood Innovation Fund to provide lowinterest loans for oyster growers

Workplace Relations

  • $2.8 million to extend the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program (including rebates) to 2021 and expansion to include drone rebates
  • Co-party contributor to National Farmers’ Federation proceedings to restrain the extreme ACTU “domestic violence” and “casual conversion” applications that would
    affect farm business operations
  • Co-party contributor to the National Farmers’ Federation involvement in court proceedings to defend piecework agreement in the Horticulture Award
  • Established a Farm Safety Advisory Pilot Program through funding secured from SafeWork NSW