What next for wheat dumper?

28 May, 2013 02:00 AM
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Greg Kenney.
Greg Kenney.

THE Salmon Gums farmer who dumped seven tonnes of grain near WA Premier Colin Barnett's office last week said he had received positive feedback from a wide cross-section of the farming community.

Greg Kenney, a member of the Rural Action Movement (RAM), said the protest dump was made to persuade the State Government to re-think its $7.8 million assistance package and match the $60m funding announcement by the Federal Government.

Mr Kenney said there had been no feedback from the government since the event.

At the time Mr Barnett said he was unphased by the protest.

Mr Kenney said he had been in contact with Mr Barnett before the government's assistance package announcement and had tried to convene a meeting with him after the protest.

"After the protest I rang to talk to his (Mr Barnett's) adviser, the same one we had spoken to before and haven't heard from him," Mr Kenney said.

"If he doesn't want to talk to us then that is fine, but I'd rather talk to people than protest."

In response to Mr Barnett's labelling RAM "minority fringe", Mr Kenney said it was the message behind the protest that was important.

"It really doesn't matter if it is RAM, as a fringe group or whether it is Joe Blow that protests," he said.

"It was about the fact that the bush is in trouble.

"There is a lot of debt and some of it is not being serviced and there are issues with foreclosures.

"The debt that is being serviced is probably unmanageable in the long term and that is the crisis that is affecting the bush at the moment."

When asked if RAM had any further plans for protest action, Mr Kenney admitted that although he had not contacted WA National Party leader Brendan Grylls yet, there were plans in the works.

"I think the National Party need a wake-up call and I am thinking about what our next action will be," he said.

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drowning in debt
28/05/2013 5:44:19 AM, on Farm Weekly

you could drop another load down at delhi st west perth. thats where your CBH equity is being held. cbh equity is the only bailout worth fighting for because it is ours. govt never solves any problems. always creates them. i dont reckon we have seen nothin when it comes to foreclosures! the firesales will begin next year. the world is a mess
Boris
28/05/2013 6:58:05 AM, on Farm Weekly

I just wish a journalist would ask Mr Kenney 'why do many farmers in low rainfall areas continue to have strong balance sheets and an ability to service loans'? If that question cannot be asked then please ignore Mr Kenney.
appollo
28/05/2013 9:27:15 AM, on Farm Weekly

Why bail out farmers when they have a million dollar nest egg sitting in CBH. Put energy into organizing a special meeting and demanding CBH distribute equity to its members. Competition is here and CBH is devaluing each day. Why do farmers leave farming with $2 after a lifetime of support and nothing more?
Alven
28/05/2013 7:12:36 PM, on Farm Weekly

appollo , it cost you nothing to gain equity in CBH. Many other growers have left before with only $2. What gives you the right to claim it. It has been stated that the average equity per grower could be about $1 million. if you had access to that equity the bank would allow you to borrow $500K if you are lucky. That would get you through another year - then what. If that would solve your problem then maybe you really haven't got one. Growers on the other side of the country are yelling at us. DON"T SELL CBH OUT. They know from experience.
Alven
28/05/2013 7:22:11 PM, on Farm Weekly

CBH was set up by our for-sighted for-fathers to provide a reliable avenue to handle our grain in an orderly manner, which it is doing extremely well. CBH is the envy of the rest of Australia & even the world. It was never intended to be a nest egg for money hungry individuals to pilfer away at their whim. With good management it can keep providing the service it does well into the future. So what if it's monetry value declines, so long as it keeps doing what it was intended for.
Deregul8
29/05/2013 6:13:11 PM, on Farm Weekly

Shares will be distributed based on production history of existing shareholders. Therefore there has been a cost in gaining equity and that is $30/tonne. Alven you sure sounds like ecnerwal. Wipe your chin. You are still dribbling.
Zero till
31/05/2013 8:48:03 PM, on The Land

WA is having a great start to the season?

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