Member for Ripon Louise Staley today joined Victorian Liberal Leader Matthew Guy to meet with farmers affected by the recent devastating frosts.
The frosts which hit in early November killed over $180 million worth of crops in Western Victoria.
Ms Staley and Mr Guy toured affected crops in Trawalla and met with local farmers.
Ms Staley said it was important that local farmers felt supported.
“This is a once in 50-year event, it caught many farmers by surprise, and millions of dollars’ worth of crops have been wiped out.” Ms Staley said.
“A lot of farmers have suffered an immense financial blow right before Christmas, losing a year’s worth of work overnight.”
Local farmers are now deciding what actions to take to salvage what’s left of their crops.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy said we need to look after those put the food on our table.
“Farmers play an incredibly important role in our community; we need to show that we are here for them when times are tough.”
“We are here to see the damage first hand, let local farmers know that we are here to support them, and find out if any changes need to be made.”
‘We are prepared to work with farmers, and offer whatever support we can during this nasty period.”