Victorian farmers are losing crops and pastures and facing costly damage to fencing due to the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing delays issuing permits to control rising numbers of kangaroos.
Farmers have reported extensive delays – more than two months in some cases – to process applications for permits under the kangaroo pet food trial, which was extended for 12 months in March.
The Andrews Labor Government has not offered farmers and professional shooters an explanation for the delays, despite questions asked by the Liberal Nationals today in Parliament.
The delays mean farmers have missed a prime opportunity to control kangaroo numbers before winter sets in and access to properties becomes more difficult.
The kangaroo pet food trial has proved to be a success since it was introduced by the former Liberal Nationals government, creating jobs in regional Victoria and reducing waste of a resource that would otherwise be left in paddocks to rot.
By holding off on issuing the permits, Daniel Andrews is threatening jobs at pet food processors in western and north-east Victoria and the professional shooters the industry employs.
Quotes attributable Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell:
I’ve been working with professional shooters in the Glenelg Shire to get answers – not only about the delays in issuing permits and tags, but if the trial would continue.
Labor have dithered on both these important issues and put jobs and farmers livelihoods at risk.
Labor waited until the 11th hour to extend the pet food trial – but an elected Liberal and Nationals Government will make it permanent, securing jobs for our region.