Murray River Action Group has called an emergency meeting to fine tune a submission to the Victorian government opposing unrestricted camper access to Crown land river frontage which come into force in September.
The meeting will be held at the Howlong community hall on Tuesday with MRAG president Richard Sargood describing the legislation passed in the Victorian parliament as ill-conceived and "opening Pandora's box".
"It is fine in theory as far as the city people are concerned, but being put into practice on the ground it is going to be an absolute dog's breakfast," he said.
"We're in the process of compiling a submission and the meeting will determine what our plan of attack will be."
The meeting starts at 6pm.
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Meanwhile, the controversial legislation was a discussion point when Victorian Farmers Federation president Emma Germano addressed Wangaratta and District branch members this week.
Ms Germano became the VFF's first female president last December and heads up a leadership team of women which includes vice-president Danyel Cucinotta, and chief executive Jane Lovell.
The owner of a mixed farming business in Gippsland, Ms Germano and was straight to the point about the VFF's role.
"I'm often asked my view as to whether the VFF is a political organisation," she told members.
"Well, we are an advocacy and lobby group for this state's farmers.
"Not partisan, but our members need us to achieve political outcomes with the government of the day."
She said the state government had largely ignored the VFF's submissions on issues such as public access to river banks.
"During the COVID lockdown, Premier Daniel Andrews found a way to bring in tennis players and officials, but not agricultural workers, here in the biggest agricultural production state in the nation.
"This is not a government with a track record of listening to farmers."
She also spoke about the challenges of urban populations becoming increasingly disconnected from food production.
"Most kids in Melbourne have no idea where their food comes from.
"Animal justice protesters have a far bigger voice in the suburbs than farmers do and our organisation needs to address that."
Branch president Greg Mirabella thanked Ms Germano for her visit.
"Emma is a plain speaker and a pragmatist," he said.
"I think she's going to be a terrific advocate for rural Victoria."\
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