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Mr Mulvany said Murray Goulburn and Fonterra
had damaged confidence in the industry, lowering
relationships between farmers and processors to lev-
els not seen since the mid 1970s.
“We now have a situation of complete distrust, a
lack of confidence, in addition to the obvious finan-
cial impacts to dairy farmers,” he said.
“All the individuals who had the responsibility
of the governance of these organisations must stand
Mr Mulvany said farmers were being treated with
“absolute disrespect and are the fall guys in either mis-
management or market volatility, or both”.
“Dairy farmers are like other self employed people.
They like to go about their business and they don’t
have time to defend their position,” he said.
Mr Mulvany said the concept of opening price,
which has been in place for 20 to 30 years, was
now completely insecure and almost meaningless
because of the major price drops farmers have ex-
“Clearly, recent events mean that if a milk pro-
cessor gets its budget a bit wrong, it can come back
and knock on the door of the farmers, and say ‘Oops,
we need to reclaim some money’,” he said.
United Dairyfarmers of Victoria president Adam
Jenkins said farmers he had spoken to were gutted,
disappointed and angry, and many were calling for
more accountability at board level.
“There is no doubt this will put pressure on the
industry and we will see some fall out and reduced
milk flows,” he said.
“The market is very volatile and we welcome the
efforts of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, Burra
Foods, Bega Supply Company and other processors
who have held their commitment to their suppliers
until the end of the season.”
Mr Jenkins said people needed to look after them-
selves, their families and their communities.
“Farmers need to be clinical about their business
and seek professional financial advice,” he said.
“We are encouraging farmers to be aware of ses-
sions that will be held by the VFF/UDV, Dairy Aus-
tralia and other organisations offering support.”
UDV is calling for early price and market esti-
mations, which will allow farmers to budget.
“No indication in next season’s opening price
leaves people anxious and unable to plan their next
steps,” Mr Jenkins said.
THE trustee of a super fund is taking
Murray Goulburn to the Supreme Court
John Webster, trustee of Elcar Pty Ltd Super
Fund Trust, is being represented by Mark Elliott
of Elliott Legal.
The trustee is a unit holder in the MG Unit
Trust and paid $2.10 for 18,000 units – a total of
Among the allegations made, the trustee al-
leges MG knew its sales targets and/or revenue
were unlikely to be achieved, and would not have
bought units or bought units at a lower price had
that information been disclosed.
Mr Elliott lodged the statement of claim with
the court yesterday (Monday).
► Read more on page 44.
Legal action taken
Dairy shake up
Dairy shake up
South Gippsland reacts
South Gippsland reacts
By Tayla Kershaw
SKATERS and BMX
riders from across South
Gippsland were out in
force at the opening of the
new Leongatha skate park
gion MLC Harriet Shing and
Gippsland South MLA Danny
O’Brien joined South Gippsland
Shire Council mayor Cr Bob
Newton to officially open the
$450,000 redevelopment at the
Leongatha Recreation Reserve.
Council provided more than
$330,000, the community fund-
raised $20,000 and $100,000
came from the State Govern-
Leongatha’s Ben Patterson
was also a guest of honour, after
working so hard to see the skate
park come to fruition.
“It’s an improvement to the
recreation reserve and the town,
and has attracted many people
to the area, which can only be a
good thing,” he said.
Recreation reserve secretary
Frank Dekker said the recreation
reserve committee had given
$20,000 to make the skate park
dream a reality, and the contribu-
tion was certainly worth it.
“It’s great to see so many
young people getting involved.
We are seeing youth come here
from everywhere,” he said.
“It’s drawing a lot of extra
attention to the area, which is
Ms Shing said the skate park
was a wonderful addition to Le-
ongatha and would help to pull
children away from computer
screens and get them active
“Whether it’s out on the field
or in local skate parks, opportu-
nities to improve the health and
wellbeing of all Gippslanders
are a big priority,” she said.
“Experienced and budding
local skaters in Leongatha now
have a great space to come to-
gether, make friends and show
off their skills.
“The new Leongatha skate
park gives the young people of
Leongatha even more reason to
get one board with health and
active sport and outdoor activi-
Skate park impresses
Active: there were plenty of people enjoying the opening
of Leongatha’s skate park, including, from left, Lachie Bell,
Jasper Dennison, Jack Fisher, Riley Drysdale and Kyle
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