Gippslanders urged to have a say in farm trespass inquiry
Local Nationals MPs are encouraging Gippslanders to have their say about farm trespass laws, with a parliamentary inquiry now taking public submissions.
The inquiry will help determine the best ways to strengthen laws to protect Victorian farmers against farm trespass following the actions of activists who have been illegally entering farms and stealing livestock.
Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath said with Tim Bull and Danny O'Brien, she has been working for many months to ensure this important Inquiry came to fruition.
Ms Bath said she moved to establish the Inquiry to make sure regional communities, including people living in Gippsland, could have their say.
“Farm trespass and livestock theft has been a pertinent topic in Gippsland, with our farmers publically targeted by animal activists,” Ms Bath said.
“No one should have to face the heart-breaking decision of closing down their business, as we saw at Yarragon’s Gippy Goat Café, because of the stress of constant harassment and intimidation.”