The National Dairy Plan is being proposed and promoted by Australian Dairy Farmers, Dairy Australia, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, and the Australian Dairy Products Federation and is a very contentious topic for our industry.
Key to the success of this plan is having consultation and they have been encouraging individuals to attend the sessions to ensure that as many farmers, processors and other industry partners get involved as possible.
From what we are seeing and hearing, many are throwing their hands up and do not intend to attend the consultation sessions, simply because they have already made their suggestions before, but these have not been acted upon.
Farmers have said it time and time again that dairy service delivery organisations are inefficient; they aren’t looking after farmers and that the solution must come from a unified industry whereby retailers, processors and farmers have controlling stakes in the governing body.
They don’t understand why they need to repeat themselves again through an official consultation process.
As frustrating as it seems we need to follow a formal consultation process so that opinions and suggestions are tabled, scrutinised and, if viable, implemented. This is not just the individual farmers, but also the service delivery organisations, the processors and the retailers who can have an impact on our future.
Voicing opinions in social media and to your neighbours is not enough. While we are certainly seeing and hearing your opinions and suggestions, these are not the proper channels and have no true authority.
As annoying as it may seem, we ask that you all take part in the official consultation process.
Dairy Australia already has several consultation sessions planned as listed below.
Please go to: https://www.dairyplan.com.au/get-involved
Dates for Northern NSW and Queensland are:
24th May 10:00am - 2:30pm Gympie
23rd May 10:00am - 2:30pm Toowoomba
22nd May 10:00am - 2:30pm Lismore
If you are not internet savvy, please contact QDO pm 07 3236 2955 and QDO can register for you.
QDO President Brian Tessmann
Updated: There is now an online engagement platform available for those unable to attend consultations in person. The platform is available at https://adp.oursay.org/home.