Protesters back onboard

LOCAL farmers and supporters of Peter Spencer’s recent hunger strike over NSW rural land-use restrictions will travel to Canberra again on Monday for another protest on the steps of Parliament House.

Mr Spencer was served an eviction notice from his farm this week for unpaid debts and blames the NSW law for his predicament.

The NSW Farmers’ Association has so far organised 25 buses to transport protesters to Canberra from around NSW.

The association’s North Coast co-ordinator, Michael Burt, said Northern Rivers residents looking to participate could join buses at Grafton and Tenterfield.

“There’s been some strong interest from Lismore and if numbers increase over the weekend we might put on more buses,” he said.

Local farmer supporter Anne Thompson said she was ready to rally again barely a month after her first protest and would be leaving from Grafton.

“We urge everyone concerned to come along,” she said.

Association president Charles Armstrong urged all farmers across the State to make a commitment to attend the rally as the issue affected every primary producer in Australia.

“Property rights erosion is the single biggest issue affecting farmers and we must take a united stand in Canberra,” Mr Armstrong said.

“Don’t leave this up to your mates – every farmer must step forward.”

Mr Burt said anyone interested in catching a bus should call the association’s North Coast office on 6564 2355.

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