27 October 2020.

As the State election campaign draws to a close, AgForce members can feel very proud that their effort in creating and supporting the Stand With Regional Queensland campaign has made a genuine difference.

We have watched over the course of the eight-week campaign all the parties respond to the issues AgForce has highlighted.

Significant wins for our members – and indeed all of regional Queensland – include:

  • Labor’s commitment to an inland alternative to the Bruce Highway
  • LNP’s comprehensive adoption of AgForce’s vegetation management framework
  • Both major parties announcing water pricing reductions
  • LNP’s commitment to additional biosecurity officers

AgForce’s ‘scorecard’ that rates each of the five major parties according to how their policies will assist agriculture and regional Queensland has generated many conversations in the community, significant media interest, and election commitments for all parties.

It’s the culmination of years of work developing and advocating for government policy that enables agriculture to be profitable, to be sustainable, and to underpin the State’s economy and the many communities it supports.

In this, the final week of the election – appropriately, as the stormclouds promised by La Nina gather over much of the State – we return to the critical issue of water.

Stand With Regional Queensland – the first campaign of its type conducted by AgForce – has provided members and the community with a strong voice and platform to influence government policy.

A big thank you to members who have contributed in some way – you have helped make a difference.