Farmers fear proposed government restrictions will 'decimate' business

28/06/2022 1:33:00 PM

Although Australia's agriculture industry is worth more than $60 billion some Aussie farmers say their busi...

Although Australia's agriculture industry is worth more than $60 billion, some Aussie farmers say their businesses could soon be decimated. 9News

Although Australia's agriculture industry is worth more than $60 billion some Aussie farmers say their busi...

But some of the farmers who spoke to A Current Affair said they rely on income from their tourism businesses, to run their farms and they currently operate under a home business.But some of the farmers who spoke to A Current Affair said they rely on income from their tourism businesses, to run their farms and they currently operate under a home business.Kevin Malone's family has farmed on the verdant banks of the Tumut River in southern New South Wales for 170 years, but he is deeply concerned that legacy is at risk due to the current management of the waterway.to save article Share Oil prices slipped again as fears of a demand-sapping global recession and tighter US monetary policy ripped through commodity markets and investors monitored developments from the gathering of Group of Seven (G7) leaders.

When a meeting was called at the local town hall recently - in the Dooralong Valley on the NSW Central Coast - residents like Jack Schlachter said they knew something wasn't right.Schlachter owns Cedar Farm and welcomes hundreds of people a day to pick their own fruit in his orange orchard from the 3000 trees on the property.Schlachter owns Cedar Farm and welcomes hundreds of people a day to pick their own fruit in his orange orchard from the 3000 trees on the property.Jack Schlachter.Blowering has almost reached full capacity due to recent heavy rain, but in order for Snowy Hydro to make power out of Tumut 3 Power Station it has to pump water that ends up in the reservoir.(A Current Affair) Jack Schlachter owns Cedar Farm.(A Current Affair) Jack Schlachter owns Cedar Farm.(A Current Affair) READ MORE: Finance guru's blunt advice amid interest rate hikes But under the draft changes Schlachter would only be allowed 50 people a day to visit his farm.“There’s been a real risk-off tone across markets and commodities are at the forefront of inflationary fears - they’re being dumped pretty heavily by investors as fears increase,” he said.

"When I found out, my head was spinning, my head was literally spinning for a day, I could not believe what I had seen," Schlachter said."When I found out, my head was spinning, my head was literally spinning for a day, I could not believe what I had seen," Schlachter said.( Supplied: Snowy Hydro ) "There is potential for the inundation of low-level causeways and water breaking out of the river channel onto agricultural land adjacent to the river."If I am allowed 50 people on my property at a time, it is literally 10 per cent of what I would have had in the past.At The Giving Farm you can pick your own berries and fresh fruit and vegetables.At The Giving Farm you can pick your own berries and fresh fruit and vegetables.(A Current Affair) Missy Caufield from The Giving Farm.( ) "The river is currently running at channel capacity," he said.(A Current Affair) READ MORE: Builders plead to renegotiate contracts while operating at a loss "It will decimate my business.(A Current Affair) READ MORE: Builders plead to renegotiate contracts while operating at a loss "It will decimate my business.“It’s all about where you see the fundamental value of oil but certainly with the significant supply shortages we see in the market at the moment - even a fairly deep recession would still not see the oil market move into a more balanced position,” he said.

" He said without visitors picking fruit, a lot of it will fall to the ground and rot, which is an awful thought for him when the cost of food keeps going up."It will reduce my income by a substantial amount - 60 to 70 per cent," Schlachter said."It will reduce my income by a substantial amount - 60 to 70 per cent," Schlachter said.The Tumut Plains were flooded extensively in 2010 when Blowering Dam spilled.At The Giving Farm you can pick your own berries and fresh fruit and vegetables."For us, it is about connecting people with how food is grown and how they can grow food at home as well and how animals are cared for," Missy Caufield from The Giving Farm said."For us, it is about connecting people with how food is grown and how they can grow food at home as well and how animals are cared for," Missy Caufield from The Giving Farm said.Elizabeth Elvim operates a farm stay.The forecast fluctuations in the river's levels coincides with the imminent start of the new irrigation season — when water is released from the dam to help water crops in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in the state's south-west.Commonwealth Bank commodities analyst Vivek Dhar notes the deal has several hurdles to get through including the fact that a number of European Union (EU) nations are wary of the proposal as it would potentially mean revoking sanctions the EU has agreed to.

(A Current Affair) She said if they're only allowed to open to the public 10 days a year, it won't be viable.(A Current Affair) She said if they're only allowed to open to the public 10 days a year, it won't be viable."We could see the proposed draft and we realised it was going to completely stop our business and that's just devastating," Caufield said.Elizabeth Elvim operates a farm stay and under the draft policy she will only be allowed to accommodate two people at a time.Elizabeth Elvim operates a farm stay and under the draft policy she will only be allowed to accommodate two people at a time."(If) we get a family of five, two people at a time, what's the point?" Elvim said.For alpaca farmer Sean Hooper, school visits won't be allowed.For alpaca farmer Sean Hooper, school visits won't be allowed.A more predictable pathway to addressing the tightness in the global oil market will be the resumption of talks between the US and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear accord, Dhar said.

Alpaca farmer Sean Hooper.(A Current Affair) Sean Hooper's alpaca farm.(A Current Affair) Sean Hooper's alpaca farm.(A Current Affair) "Children will no longer be able to see where their food and fibre comes from," Hooper said."People with disabilities thoroughly enjoy the sensory experience that will now come to an end."People with disabilities thoroughly enjoy the sensory experience that will now come to an end."It will spell the end of agritourism here, it will spell the end of a lot of small farmers and their way of life and way of earning an income and putting food on the table.“A ban also just formalises what has largely been in place via sanctions,” he said.

" The residents said the draft legislation will shut their businesses down." The residents said the draft legislation will shut their businesses down.Matt Allen.(A Current Affair) Matt Allen's family run roadside stall.(A Current Affair) Matt Allen's family run roadside stall.(A Current Affair) It features 23 pages of new restrictions that will see these farmers lose their livelihoods overnight, including those like Matt Allen and his family who run his mother's roadside stall "It just would be hard to make a living from farming," Allen said.In a statement the NSW Department of Planning and Environment said it proposed simplifying planning rules to make it easier for farmers across NSW to start, run and grow an agritourism business.In a statement the NSW Department of Planning and Environment said it proposed simplifying planning rules to make it easier for farmers across NSW to start, run and grow an agritourism business.20.

The department is currently reviewing all feedback and submissions received during the consultation period and will be adjusting the policy where needed, which should be finalised by the end of July.James Jackson from the NSW Farmers Association.James Jackson from the NSW Farmers Association.(A Current Affair) James Jackson from the NSW Farmers Association said his organisation will keep talking to the government."Certainly we will keep looking at those existing operations and making sure that we don't throw the baby out with the bath water on this one," Jackson said."Certainly we will keep looking at those existing operations and making sure that we don't throw the baby out with the bath water on this one," Jackson said.Business owners like Elvim have a message for the state government: "Just don't do it, you're going to shut so many businesses down.

Statement by a spokesperson for the NSW Department of Planning and Environment The draft Agritourism and small scale agricultural changes policy was announced in March last year.Statement by a spokesperson for the NSW Department of Planning and Environment The draft Agritourism and small scale agricultural changes policy was announced in March last year.It proposed simplifying planning rules to make it easier for farmers across NSW to start, run and grow an agritourism business.The department is currently reviewing all feedback and submissions received during the consultation period and we will be adjusting the policy where needed.The department is currently reviewing all feedback and submissions received during the consultation period and we will be adjusting the policy where needed.This should be finalised by the end of July.We will continue to work through the policy with farmers, councils and businesses to make sure we get it right so agritourism is easier and clearer for all.We will continue to work through the policy with farmers, councils and businesses to make sure we get it right so agritourism is easier and clearer for all.

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