It would be great if they could stop providing services and so get the non-paying farmers to be punished. Alas, the services provided are nowhere near the rates charged. So back to plan A which is to send men with guns.
years ago, the well-off people around town were the bigger and better farmers. These days, it is the government employees, like the council bosses. They are the ones driving expensive cars.
The way they take money from farmers is with menaces. For example, the rates on a farm are now about $6000 pa, and if you refuse to pay, in time you will be visited by men with guns.
Even before the drought, many smaller communities average much lower incomes, yet they effectively subsidise larger, more prosperous towns and cities nearby.
State government rules do not allow selection panels to ask candidates for local government positions whether they will live in the community that pays their salaries. So often these people commute from larger, more desirable places, effectively taking millions of dollars out of smaller communities and spending it in larger ones.
State government rules huh. And here I was thinking the council were plain stupid appointing bosses who lived in Melbourne and who drove 450k to work, staying in town a few nights before heading back for Mebourne on friday.
Apparently it is also some external rules which dictate that the council ceo gets an obscene salary. Paid for, not by the state government but by the locals.
I still think the locals are mugs for being docile in accepting these imposts. There must be sneaky ways to fight back.
The CEO's pay is linked to council's rate income and it's hard to get rid of crook ones. They have too much say on policy.. Our elected reps with all their faults are at least elected and can be unelected. Nev
The dairy industry problem is caused by the dairy companies having a monopoly. They buy from the farmers at the rate they set and sell to Coles and Woolies at the best price they can get.
When I started in farming we milked by hand, then later we used machines. I used to milk in the morning and a retailer used to pick up my milk, when he had run out of the previous evenings milk. He would be back after evening milking to pick up for next morning,
Later we milked and put it out on the stand for the dairy truck to collect, usually about 0830. It went to a big dairy, massive machines for sterilisation of thousands of bottles. The dairy company now has a lot of money tied up so screws the farmer down, demands that the farmer puts his milk into big cooled vats and gets picked up weekly. Also wants to have bigger farmers, so less of them. Now the farmer has money tied up in breeding the next generation of milkers, Milking machinery and shedding and is in no condition to withhold supply and demand a fair price for his product.
I got out of dairying in 1961 and at that time we were getting 3shillings and sixpence per gallon . That is 35 cents nearly 70years ago. What should milk cost now if we took into effect the inflation rate.
No wonder farmers suffer and it is not only dairymen.
Yenn you're alone; a huge number of Australians grew up on small farms. The valley I grew up in (my pen-name) was a thriving community of dairy farms until the late 1960s, when we lost the British market because they joined the EEC. Competition from margarine was the other main factor that drove loads of us off the land. My home valley is now almost deserted.
It always amazed me that people will winge and complain about paying a few bob more for good healthy tucker, but will happily pay lots more for imported crap that buggers your health.
The name for a farmer in France is a peasant. Or Paysant from the Pays (country). Traditional all through history they have been screwed and robbed of their hard earned crop worth. by landowners and barons, merchants and thieves .. I must admit you have to actually do it for real with your whole assetts (and borrowings) tied up with it to realise what the situation is "on the ground " so to speak. Most think the stuff turns up on the shelves by some form of magic and is always too expensive no matter what. More than 1/2 is rejected because it's too big, too small or has a mark on it where it rubbed against another branch. or the market is flooded in a "good" year. Nev
In the apple industry, Woolies and Coles are calling the tune on the variety of apples they will buy.
From the NSW Dept of Primary Industries: Apple varieties do change over time as new ones become popular and older varieties either are no longer in demand or become unprofitable to produce. However, there is still room for some older, less popular varieties that have reduced demand, but these can no longer be produced for large markets such as supermarkets — they can be grown for roadside stalls and for discerning consumers.
Since it take about seven years for a newly planted orchard to produce a profitable crop, trendy foodies setting the taste requirements are killing the local market. The trendy foodies think, "So what if local orchards can't produce what I want here and now. We'll import our fruit from the Third World."
Terrible for food with a few insect marks to be rejected.. A few marks like these are proof that the stuff is safe from too many chemicals.
Well nev and space will not make the blunder of thinking unmarked stuff is safer.
I have actually heard of market farmers who have a row for their own family consumption...guess what? no chemicals and a few insect marks.