Egg-cited: Councillors vote free-range.
Egg-cited: Councillors vote free-range.

Free range eggs on Council menu

FREE-range eggs will be on the menu exclusively at Coffs Harbour City Council following adoption of a motion by Councillor Rodney Degens.

Cr Degens asked that the council adopt a policy of using only free range eggs sourced from certified free-range producers and his motion was adopted at Thursday’s council meeting.

The move commits the council to making contracts only with caterers who can guarantee that they use free-range eggs and that free-range eggs be stipulated in any future tenders or contracts relating to the supply of food in which Coffs Harbour City Council is a party. Where there is no free-range option, the council’s preferred option will be ‘no eggs’.

The motion also committed council to publicise the policy on its website; have the general manager write directly to all known suppliers of food products to council, notifying them of the new policy position and applaud others who adopted a similar policy.

All councillors supported the motion, although the Mayor Cr Keith Rhoades could not resist commenting ‘no yolking’. He said although NSW councils did support this policy, it would be difficult to police.

Cr Degens said everyone was well aware of the dreadful conditions under which (caged hens) were suffering although to the best of his knowledge there were no battery hen farms in the Coffs Harbour local government area.

He said the move represented a great opportunity for the farming community to provide eggs for conferences and events.



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