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Farmers urge travellers to ditch their thongs to protect Aussie farms

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Tony Mahar, Chief Executive Officer of the National Farmers’ Federation, who have taken an unprecedented step to help stop Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) from reaching Australia, following an outbreak on the holiday island of Bali.

Bali has been grappling with an outbreak for months and the disease can survive on various surfaces, including clothing and shoes with returning passengers facing tougher biosecurity checks to manage the risk of an Australian FMD outbreak.

Farming organisations are now putting their money where their mouth is by offering discounts to travellers who bin their shoes.

Travellers returning from Indonesia can now access a 30% Ringers Western discount code, by posting evidence online that they’ve binned their shoes overseas.

“Throw out those tired old thongs. Bin them at the airport or your hotel and post proof on social media, and we’ll help you buy a shiny new pair. It’s that simple.”

To receive your 30% Ringers Western discount code, simply post a selfie binning your shoes while on holiday, using the hashtag #ThrowYourThongs and tagging in the National Farmers’ Federation. A code will be sent to the first 500 posters. Offer ends 20 July 2022.

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