Member for Monaro John Barilaro is calling on locals to speak up and show their support for our farmers by supporting the Right to Farm Bill 2019.
Under the bill, which is currently before the NSW Parliament, farm trespassers will face the toughest penalties in Australia including up to three years jail time.
The bill recognises a farmer’s inherent right to farm and provides safeguards against nonsense nuisance claims.
Mr Barilaro said the region has had enough of attacks against hard working farming families.
“This groundbreaking piece of legislation, introduced by the NSW Nationals in Government will create a clear deterrent to any would-be vigilantes considering unlawfully trespassing on farming properties in Monaro,” Mr Barilaro said.
“That’s why I’m calling on everyone in the region to go to www.righttofarm.com.au and show their support for our farmers.”
The Right to Farm Bill 2019 will:
· Introduce the toughest penalties in Australia for farm trespass, including three years jail time and up to $22,000 in fines. Currently there is no jail time for trespass.
· Introduce new offences and aggravating factors for activities such as trespassing as a group, damaging property and releasing livestock.
· Give legal recognition of a farmer’s right to farm, shielding them from nuisance claims.
To show your support for Monaro farmers, please visit www.righttofarm.com.au.