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Addressing the big issues at our High Country Conference

Addressing the big issues at our High Country Conference

Federated Farmers will be addressing the big issues at their High Country Conference next week in Queenstown.

“We will be talking about what it means to be a ‘Good Neighbour’, and what it means in achieving positive outcomes,” says Chas Todhunter, Federated Farmers High Country Spokesperson.

“We are pleased that we have both sides of the political spectrum speaking, with Eugenie Sage, Green Party spokesperson on the Environment, Conservation, Water and Local Government, and Hon. Jo Goodhew, Associate Primary Industries Minister, both attending. I would expect there will be a lengthy question time from our delegates.

“The conference will also be looking at how neighbours can look after each other in regard to water and nutrient management and the ongoing battle of pest control. We need to communicate with each other to understand each others differences and work towards mutually acceptable outcomes.

“This message emerged quite strongly during our High Country field trip in March and as one speaker stated near the end, ‘Alignment, not posturing, is the way forward’.

“None of us work in isolation on these important matters, and perhaps the most exciting development in this regard is the Department of Conservation’s increasing willingness to involve the wider community in its decision making and work.

“We are delighted that the Department’s new Director-General, Lou Sanson, is able to come to the conference and tell us how the “partnership” principles are developing. This will be a very appropriate conclusion to our conference,” concluded Mr Todhunter.


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