Beekeepers finally recognised as ‘primary producers’
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, says it is good to see that common sense has prevailed and Beekeepers are now recognised as ‘primary producers’ by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
Mrs Frecklington said that previously TMR did not classify beekeepers as primary producers and they had been unable to access concessions when the registering their trucks.
“I was approached by a beekeeper from Kumbia towards the end of last year, who explained what was happening and I agreed with him that it seemed ridiculous beekeepers were not listed as primary producers by TMR,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“The LNP’s Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Dale Last, wrote to the Agriculture Minister on behalf of the Queensland Beekeepers’ Association asking that beekeepers be recognised as primary producers for the purposes of concessional vehicle registration.
Photo above : Member for Deb Frecklington with members of the Queensland Beekeepers Association.
“In a letter from the Minister, it has been acknowledged that beekeepers do in fact produce food and were entitled to primary producer concessions.
“This is an excellent result for beekeepers around Queensland who now have access to some relief on the cost of registering their trucks.
“I’d also like to congratulate Members of the Queensland Beekeepers Association who worked hard to help initiate this change,” Deb said.