We are a Party focussed on building sustainable and vibrant rural communities for all, on farms and in rural towns. Ultimately rural communities will increasingly rely on primary production as the most sustainable industry to underpin diverse regional economies and attract further non-farm investment.
We recognize that vibrant rural communities need to include a diversity of service, manufacturing and retail industries and that policies need to be in place that encourage these industries in rural regions. This creates a more resilient economy
We recognize the fact that the fortune of rural businesses is closely tied to the health of local industries and that rural towns rely significantly on agricultural economic activity. However we are expressly concerned that the centralisation of services and government decision making is impairing local industries, and that by improving these we can ensure that there is an increasing diversity of businesses and jobs in rural towns.