Just over 30 farmers, politicians and firefighters took time out of their day to attend the second joint WAFarmers/Bushfire Volunteers Regional Roadshow held in in Jennacubbine north of Northam last night to discuss issues that are affecting regional Western Australia.
The Roadshow kicked off with the Mortlock Zone meeting, where the Zone President Maitland Davey checked in on farmers and current issues related to farming in the area.
Following the Zone meeting, speakers at the forum included WAFarmers President Rhys Turton, CEO Trevor Whittington, and sponsors Ryan Lucas from Dry Kirkness, Phil Brunner from Bailiwick Legal and Sharon Hofmann from Bunnings.
A variety of politicians took the time to come to the forum and discuss relevant issues for the upcoming election, including, National Party Leader Mia Davies, Liberal Steve Thomas, One Nations’ Rod Caddies and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Stuart Ostle. WA Labor’s Darren West had reserved a space for the forum, however sent his regards. Cally Dupe, the News Editor from the Countryman was also present and will be publishing a handful of stories relevant to farmers and firefighters in the coming weeks.
Bushfire Volunteers’ President Dave Gossage AFSM discussed the volunteer set up of the Association and gave an overview of both recent and new issues that have been affecting our members. This included the recent launch of our Essential Service Volunteers App, a tool that has been developed over the past nine years by the Association to assist in the collective of prevention, preparedness and response data that can firefighters and other Essential Service Volunteers all over Australia record their work and save this data to show how much work they really do to help look after and protect their local communities.
After a fantastic afternoon of discussion and engagement, many stayed to enjoy a meal from the Jennacubbine Tavern steakhouse, courtesy of WA Farmers’ sponsors Bailiwick Legal and Dry/Kirkness Chartered Accountants.
Thank you to the farmers, firefighters and friends who attended our second event, and we look forward to being able to host more events like these with our Farmer Engagement Partners WAFarmers over the next few months.