Farmers March to Save the Industry; Protest Rally Calls on Govt to Refine Agricultural Policies

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Byline: Samantha Elley Reporter

TRAFFIC was at a snail's pace in Lismore on Saturday morning as farmers had their say on a range of issues affecting the agricultural industry.

Shoppers and local businesses watched as a steady stream of protesters, tractors, trucks and utilities, all decorated with placards and sounding off with cow bells and honking horns, worked their way for half a kilometre from Crowther Park, down Woodlark Street to Heritage Park.

They were protesting for a[approximately]common sense, not nonsense' as one placard read, against the regulations put in place by the current government.

aWe are putting politicians on notice that we are being over-regulated,a Coo-ee Property Rights Group member Anne Thompson said.

aWe are saying we can be environmentally successful as well as economically successful.

aIt's about a return to a commonsense government.a

Around 500 people joined the protest at Heritage Park which included speakers Kel Graham, President of Coo-ee Property Rights Group, constitutional lawyer Suri Ratnapala, hunger-striking farmer Peter Spencer and several local politicians. …

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