The WAFarmers Regional Roadshow visits Albany tomorrow and organisers want to hear about the region’s most pressing issues.

This year, WAFarmers has partnered with Bushfire Volunteers WA for the free forums.

WAFarmers chief executive Trevor Whittington said the roadshow aimed to tackle the big political issues affecting agriculture and regional communities.

“Two big issues that I expect to come up is the state of Albany Highway and the lack of mobile coverage along the entire route,” he said.

“Another is the lack of specialists doctors flying down to practise locally.

“Also health and how the regions are coping with COVID-19, industrial manslaughter and the impact of these new laws on farm businesses, and bushfire volunteers and if they are getting a fair split of the $400 million from the emergency services levy.”

Mr Whittington said with the State election coming up early next year, WA Farmers were focused on getting a “clear set of politics” to take into the campaign.

“The more people we engage with across the regions the stronger our case will be,” he said.

“So this is a great opportunity for anyone in the region to join us and listen to what the parties have to say about key issues impacting Albany and surrounding districts.”

Attendees will hear from WAFarmers Albany zone president Lyn Slade, Great Southern WA Country Health Service regional director Geraldine Ennis, Telstra area manager Boyd Brown, Bushfire Volunteers WA and more.

Bushfire Volunteers WA executive officer Darren Brown said the association always felt the need for broader engagement within regional towns.

Now, it had the means to make that happen.

The roadshow starts at 11.45am at Motel Le Grance and is open to WAFarmers members and non-members.

Shannon Smith