Nats Leader to Visit Region

THE importance of keeping GrainCorp in Australian hands will be the focus of two public forums in the Riverina next week.

The Nationals’ Leader, Warren Truss, has accepted an invitation from Riverina MP Michael McCormack to visit the region and address the meetings. 

“It is imperative the profits of the Riverina’s grain harvest stay in Riverina growers’ hands and our critical infrastructure not be taken over by a foreign company,” Mr McCormack said. 

The forums will take place in Griffith on Tuesday 23 July, between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at the Gemini Motor Inn and Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 24 July between 10am and midday at the RSL Club.

“The Nationals and I have led the charge against the proposed takeover of GrainCorp,” Mr McCormack said.

“We are really keen to hear local growers’ concerns and let them know where the situation is up to.”

While in the Riverina, Mr Truss will also meet with representatives of the NSW Farmers’ Association and small businesses in Wagga Wagga and Griffith to discuss the Coalition’s policies for the next election.

“Warren understands how important farming and small business is to the local and national economies. This visit next week will help highlight the effect of Labor’s carbon tax on Riverina farmers and small business owners.”

For further information on the GrainCorp public forums, please contact Mr McCormack’s Wagga Wagga or Griffith electorate offices.

Cristy Houghton