That the House:—
(a) throughout the month of April 2016 roughly 50 farmers’ markets around the Country participated in the ‘Boots for Change’ program;
(b) the Boots for Change initiative coincides with ‘Boots for Change Day’, when people are encouraged to wear a pair of boots to their local farmers market as a show of support for farming families; and
(c) the initiative was developed by five bright, young women at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra and was awarded $20,000 in funding from the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal to roll the initiative out in four States, including Tasmania.
(a) that Launceston’s Harvest Market was one of two locations chosen to run the pilot events for the Boots for Change initiative; and
(b) the many youth oriented organisations in rural communities and that boots are to become an icon of the program, which will then link back to various youth projects in the host communities.
(a) the idea of supporting producers who are providing local produce from rural communities resonates strongly with Tasmanians as the campaign to keep money in the State gains momentum;
(b) that farmers markets provide a platform for smaller, specialty producers to make a decent living by bypassing wholesale markets, while delivering fresh, locally grown produce to consumers; and
(c) that support for farmers markets will be pivotal to the modern economy which will inevitably see conventional farming practices transition into niche and sustainable food production.
(4) Calls on the Hodgman Liberal Government to realise the importance of the farmers market industry and to utilise local, sustainably produced goods and services at each and every opportunity.