Farmers want land use change

TWEED farmers have stepped up their battle against state government rules which have stopped them from dividing often unproductive blocks of rural land into lots of less then 40 hectares (100 acres).

One long-time campaigner against the rules, Byangum farmer Mike Yarrow, says farmers want to know who not to vote for in the upcoming March 26 NSW election and has warned many “have had enough” of being poorly treated.

Tweed Combined Rural Industries Association president Col Brooks yesterday confirmed his group had written to state politicians in a bid to get “something in writing” promising a change or review of the policy.

At present he said many farmers who barely made an income were saddled with land they could not use productively or subdivide.

“The reality is a lot of people want to come to live here. A lot of them are looking for a rural lifestyle. There is nothing for them and we are sticking to this 40 hectare rule.”

Mr Yarrow said farmers wanted answers on where parties stood.

“To be blunt about it, many of us are at the end of our working lives, with no superannuation etc … and if any party states that they have no intention of allowing alteration to the 40 hectare rule, then we need to know now, so that we do not vote for them,” Mr Yarrow said.

“We farmers have had enough of feeding this country at our expense.”



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