Moylan sends submission to Wheat Export Marketing Consultation Committee
Posted on Wednesday, 7 March 2007
Member for Pearce, Hon Judi Moylan MP, has made a submission to the Wheat Export Marketing Consultation Committee, expressing the strong views of Pearce wheat growers as to a way forward for the future of wheat marketing in Australia.
Ms Moylan’s five-page submission specifically outlined farmers’ concerns and suggestions that have been conveyed to her either by correspondence or through meetings and personal discussions.
The Electorate of Pearce is a significant contributor to Western Australia’s wheat tonnage each season and in turn Western Australia provides about
50 % of the nation’s wheat for export.
Ms Moylan said that due to the nature of the rich soils and regular rainfall, Pearce consistently produced wheat of high quality, yield and value.
“Despite the vagaries of the weather and dry seasons, local wheat growers continue to produce quality crops,” she explained.
“Therefore it was imperative that local growers had their say.”
Having initially not included the Pearce Electorate in the Wheat Export Marketing Consultation Committee’s Western Australian consultative schedule, a meeting was later held in Beverley as a result of Ms Moylan’s representations to the WEMCC Chair, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
On 19 February this year, about 150 agriculturalists attended the Beverley forum and spoke directly to the Committee executive about their concerns.
“Several meetings have been held across Pearce in recent months and overwhelmingly farmers are continuing to express their support for the retention of the single desk,” says Ms Moylan.
“This is what I have expressed in my submission.”
Anyone who is interested in getting a copy of Ms Moylan’s submission to the WEMCC should contact 9294 3222.