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A DAIRY industry taskforce will be
formed by the State Government to help
mitigate the impact of recent milk price
reductions on farmers.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said now
was the time more than ever for farmers to support
“A coordinated approach will ensure industry
and government work together to address the issues
caused by the milk price cut,” she said.
The government held a meeting of Victoria’s
dairy industry leaders last Thursday to discuss Mur-
ray Goulburn’s lowered farm gate milk price.
The meeting discussed the outlook for Victoria’s
dairy sector to ensure that industry is coordinated in its
approach for farmers and the community. MG’s rival
Fonterra also announced a lower milk price last week.
The Dairy Industry Taskforce was formed to ad-
dress how the welfare of farmers and regional com-
munities can be supported by proactive measures led
Support will focus on: farm business manage-
ment during changing economic conditions, lower-
cost approaches to stock feeding, and family and
personal support to manage stress and change.
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien last week
raised in Parliament the need for the State Govern-
ment to support the dairy industry after dramatic
price cuts by Murray Goulburn and Fonterra.
He said while this price drop would have a sig-
nificant impact, it was a commercial decision made
by companies and there was only so much the State
Government could do.
“The government needs to be ready with more
support for financial counselling and mental health
awareness if necessary,” he said.
Mr O’Brien is encouraging farmers to look at all
of their options and access the services on offer be-
fore making any rash decisions.
“The message to farmers is: do not panic. Con-
sider your options. Get the help you need to make
sure you do the right thing for you, your family and
your business, and talk to and look after your neigh-
bours,” he said.
“It’s been a tough season and dry conditions
only exacerbate the price cuts, but I urge farmers
to have their situation fully assessed before making
Farmers experiencing financial difficulty can ac-
cess free and confidential financial counselling by
phoning the Rural Financial Counselling service in
Leongatha on 5662 2566 or Maffra on 5147 0855.
Farmers experiencing financial hardship may
also be eligible for the Commonwealth’s Farm
Household Allowance payment. Additionally, peo-
ple experiencing difficulties are encouraged to call
Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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prices on pages 4 and 5.
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“We have always been about maximising value
from the milk solids we collect and process, and
have taken a very cautious approach to China,
appreciating the significant risks that come with the
increasing opportunities available.
“There are only winners in this deal as the new
structure enhances the future for our loyal milk
supply partners, provides ongoing employment for
our dedicated staff, while ensuring increased and
stable supply to our existing customers whether they
are located in Australia, Japan, China or other parts
of the world.”
Burra Foods now has 170 suppliers and employs
140 full time equivalent staff at its Korumburra
factory and up to eight at its Burnley office.
“We don’t actually do that much in China now.
It is a growing market for us. Japan and South
East Asia are our biggest markets and the Middle
East and China would be our growth markets,” Mr
The agreement was signed following a review that
canvassed potential shareholders based in Australia,
to no avail, possibly due to the risk associated with
investing in agribusiness.
Burra Foods and Fuyuan would provide directors
for a new board once FIRB approval is granted and
the sale is completed.
The Korumburra factory manufactures milk
powder, cream cheese and concentrated milks, and
production of infant milk formula is increasing.
Mr Crothers said he had ambitions to expand the
factory in the future, but his short term objective is
to sell more product in the higher value milk powder
and infant milk formula markets.
Despite South Gippsland and other regions ex-
porting dairy heifers to China over the years, Mr
Crothers said the Chinese dairy industry was unable
to satisfy local demand.
“Dairy farming and domestic milk production in
China has probably hit its peak due to the availabil-
ity of land and water,” he said.
In the wake of MG dropping its price, Burra Foods
has been overwhelmed by enquiries from MG suppli-
ers seeking to join Burra Foods and forgo receiving
lower returns from MG over the next three years.
“We have probably got headspace for approxi-
mately 20 million litres, probably a bit more. That
could be 10 to 20 more suppliers,” Mr Crothers
By Tayla Kershaw
SOUTH Gippsland roads will be given
a much needed makeover following last
week’s federal budget.
South Gippsland Shire Council received $3.86 mil-
lion from the Roads to Recovery fund for three roads.
South Road, Poowong, and Hudsons Road, Ko-
rumburra South, will be sealed with an allocation of
$1.3 million each, and $1.4 million was allocated
towards beautification and signage in Leongatha’s
“Our extra funding was made possible by the
government’s reintroduction of the Consumer Price
Index linked fuel excise,” South Gippsland Shire
Council’s director sustainable communities and in-
frastructure Anthony Seabrook said.
Bass Coast Shire only received $1,534,481 for
Cowes-Rhyll Road, Loch-Wonthaggi Road, Krow-
era’s Sheepways Road, Cowes’ Chapel Street, Wont-
haggi’s Fincher Street and Cowes’ Settlement Road.
Councils across Australia also received a cut of
$2.3 billion to be spent on local priority works.
Although South Gippsland Shire Council was
not ready to comment about its share, Bass Coast
Shire Council said it expected to receive around $6
million towards programs and services.
Small businesses turning over less than $10 mil-
lion a year were also announced as budget winners
and will receive a 27.5 percent tax deduction – ap-
plicable from July 1.
The tax reduction will ease the pressure of 3679
companies in McMillan and 4851 companies in
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said the 2016
budget was an economic plan for the future.
“Small businesses are the engine room of our
local economy and the backbone of our local com-
munity. These tax cuts will provide significant ben-
efit to our local businesses and help drive jobs and
growth in our local economy,” he said.
A low income superannuation tax offset will also
be introduced from July 1, which will see people
who earn less than $37,000 a year effectively pay no
tax on the money they contribute to superannuation.
This will affect 24,635 people in McMillan and
23,943 people in Flinders.
The Committee of Gippsland welcomed the jobs
and infrastructure focus within the budget, including
the upgrades to the Monash Freeway.
Committee for Gippsland CEO Mary Aldred
said, “We rely on the Monash Freeway to move an
enormous amount of Gippsland freight and to also
travel into Melbourne and the suburbs for work and
other reasons, so we welcome that as well.”
Young people will also benefit from the govern-
ment’s investment of $840.3 million over four years
in a youth employment package, which will assist
youth in finding job opportunities.
The government also announced $1.7 billion for
a new child and adult dental scheme to be rolled
out in clinics including Bass Coast Health’s dental
clinic, plus an additional $298.2 million to support
the national ice action strategy in rural and regional
areas and $100 million over the next three years to
reduce family violence.
Run together: Jade, Rylen and Daniel Cranton from Pioneer Bay celebrated Mother’s
Day with a five kilometre run as part of the Mother’s Day Classic in Wonthaggi on Sun-
day. Full story on page 9.
Talking eases worries: Gippsland South
MLA Danny O’Brien discussed the fallout
of lower milk prices with Toora dairy farmer
to aid ailing dairy
Gates open in election race
MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent is
not taking his seat for granted, despite
winning 50.36 percent of the vote at the
last election in 2013.
He promised a local campaign in the lead up to
the July 2 election – called on the weekend - most
likely without visits from ministers or even Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“McMillan has always been a marginal seat,” he
“I work hard to ensure we have the opportunity
to win an election.”
Mr Broadbent said the Federal Government had
increased roads funding to his electorate during the
current term, and he was still hoping to receive fed-
eral funding to restore the Long Jetty and for recre-
ation facilities for the Bass Coast.
Labor candidate Chris Buckingham said he
and his team had been rebuilding Labor’s brand in
the region and said there “was a real appetite for
“People want strong advocacy from the sitting
member and as the Labor candidate we will have a
challenge on our hands,” he said.
Greens candidate Donna Lancaster said
McMillan was “at a cross point” and the Greens
were working for the future of the region.
“As suburban growth encroaches on the farming
regions, we need to ensure there is a balance
and support for all industries and that our major
infrastructure can provide for the increased demands
with funding for roads, transport and school and
medical projects,” she said.
“The Greens are heading into this election
with an incredible team of MPs and candidates. A
vote for the Greens is a vote for a more decent and
• Greens candidate
• McMillan MP
• Labor candidate
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