28 Nov, 2001 10:00 PM

MLA fees

WA grower bodies anticipate a proposed 85-cent increase to the MLA component of transaction levies will spark robust debate.

The motion to increase fees from $3.50 currently to $4.35 gained unanimous support at last week's Cattle Council AGM.

Delegates will now begin working with the MLA board to compile a package for presentation at next year's AGM, where the proposal will be discussed.

Cattle Council general executive member and WAFarmers delegate Mike Norton said the additional funds would be used to promote domestic and overseas markets, with a focus on lamb, as well as for animal health.

PGA policy director Damien Capp said he expected a range of responses across the state.

A renewed push for a national approach to OJD received little or no backing from WA delegates, who remained firm that WA should not foot the bill for a disease it did not have.


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