The Bunnings hardware chain has been accused by the Country Alliance party of preventing community organisations involved in marine and waterfowl conservation projects and outdoor events for kids, from being able to hold fundraising sausage sizzles at it stores.
Party spokesman, Russell Bate, said Bunning’s policy means fishing, hunting and potentially other clubs are being targeted because of a political ideology that it says were closely aligned with the Greens.
“The policy is naïve in that fishing and hunting clubs contribute a lot to conservation projects that wouldn’t otherwise exist,” he said.
“For example, fishing licence revenues go into fish stocking programs and improving fish habitat in our waterways. Bunnings must think that’s a bad idea”
“It is also hypocritical in that sausage sizzles aren’t exactly meat free nor does show any interest in the welfare of animals used in the production of sausages,” said party spokesman, Russell Bate.
“If the chain was true to its word, it would limit the sausage sizzles to vegan sausages. It would be fun to see how people react to that.”
Mr Bate said Bunnings should change its policy to allow any community organisation that is engaged in a legal activity to hold a sausage sizzle at its stores.
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