Council will again hold its December meeting at the Greenbushes Community Resource Centre (CRC) on Thursday, 21 December 2017 commencing at 5.30pm. Members of the community are welcome to attend.
To celebrate National Agriculture Day, Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman is encouraging the community to get behind those in the agrifood industry that are feeding our nation and the world. He said the day provides a fantastic opportunity to sell the story of agriculture.
Western Australia’s agrifood industry comprises 14,500 agriculture-related businesses with a gross agricultural production of $8.2 billion per year.
The industry employs more than 180,000 people, making agriculture the State’s second biggest export industry.
Mr Redman said WA farmers consistently punched above their weight when it came to production, with more than 75 million hectares of land used for farming activity.
“WA leads the nation in many primary production areas and its reputation as a go-to source for high-end export produce is growing,” he said.
“Not only is each farmer helping feed hundreds of Australian and international mouths every year, they are frontline environmentalists helping manage land and conservation.
Australia is a world-leader when it comes to sophisticated agricultural land management and the primary industries sector has reduced greenhouse emissions by 63 per cent over the last two decades.
“We live in a bountiful area with the Warren-Blackwood region producing high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, and a range of value added products such as wine, olive oil and chocolate,” Mr Redman said.
“Our agrifood sector is one of the most advanced on the planet and those involved in it have fantastic stories, information and advice to share with consumers,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to get behind agriculture, which is a pillar of our State and national economy, and better educate ourselves about the incredible value and food security it provides to all of our communities.”
Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman is keen to promote the 2017 WALGA RoadWise Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign, which was recently launched and runs until January 5 next year.
The campaign is committed to improving road safety by increasing awareness, getting the community involved and working together to reduce road fatalities and injuries in Western Australia.
Mr Redman said more than 4100 people were killed or seriously injured on regional roads from 2012 – 2016, a rate of 127.5 incidents per 100,000 people.
This region is not immune from the devastating impact of road accidents, with 141 people in the South West and 40 people in the Great Southern killed over that four year period,” he said.
“Time and time again we hear the same behaviours leading to road deaths and serious injuries – seat belts not being worn, speed, drink driving and fatigue.
“If everyone does their bit by following road rules, driving to conditions, buckling up, staying alert and being respectful of other road users, we can all get home safely to our families.”
“We are especially conscious of the disproportionately high road toll recorded in regional WA and encourage those traveling in the regions over the holiday period to be safe road users.
“No family wants an empty seat at the table this Christmas, so slow down and be mindful of other road users this holiday season.”
The Nationals WA will be wearing their road ribbons in Parliament over the next three weeks to demonstrate their support for the campaign, joining more than 21,000 other West Australians who have ordered the ribbons so far.
The Greenbushes Community Resource Centre has been serving the community of Greenbushes since 1995.