NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen. Photo: ContributedThe first day of the three day NSW Farmers’ Annual Conference kicked off in Sydney on Tuesday, with a range of matters discussed.
Over 200 farmers from across NSW have made their way to Luna Park, Sydney.
A wide range of motions are up for debate over the three days includingthe Backpacker Tax, stamp duty exemptions for youngfarmers, rural policing andtrespass, biodiversity matters, and Rail Trails.
During the first day of the annual conference,NSWFarmers passed a motionrenewing its call for government assistance to tackle the threat of Q-fever.
The Association passed a motion calling for theNSWand federal governments to conduct free Q-fever clinics (involving testing and vaccination) for all Australians who are involved in rural and animal industries.
“This motion reinforces existing Association policy calling for the vaccine to be put on thePharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and for a sufficient number of vaccines to be made available,” NSWFarmers presidentDerek Schoen said.
“During the 2016 federal election, the Coalition Government committed to investing $514,500 to research regarding the spread of the disease and its transmission to people.
The Association welcomed this announcement, but continues to call for immediate assistance to protectfarmersfrom the disease by accessible and affordable vaccination,” Mr Schoen said.
NSWFarmers welcomed new details of SafeWorkNSW$2 million Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program, outlined in theNSWBudget.
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello addressed theNSWFarmers annual conference on Tuesday, outlining how the program will work.
The program includes rebates up to $500 for eligible smallfarmingbusinesses inNSWpurchasing one or a combination of the four safety solutions covered by the Program.
In addition, each employee of qualifying businesses can also access the rebate program for training and purchasing of one suitable helmet.
There are up to 6530 distinct rebates available, with maximum rebated amount applicable for each safety solution.
SafeWorkNSWrequiresfarmersto attend an eligible educative interaction with them before purchasing the safety solutions to qualify for the rebates, similar to the small business rebate program.
NSWFarmersIndustrial Relations ChairRichard Chamen said this wasa move in the right direction by the government.
“The convenience and utility of having quad bikes onfarmsare crucial to the running of afarmon a daily basis, but there is also no denying that use of quad bikes can quickly turn dangerous,” Mr Chamen said.
“We are hopeful that this program will provide clear guidance on the way hazards relating to quad bike use can be practically managed onfarms.”
Rebates may also be used towards the purchase of a side-by-side vehicle.
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