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Western Australia’s potato growers told to accept $650,000 deal

Perth's 'spud king' Tony Galati. Picture: Ian MunroThe decades-long spud war in Western Australia could soon draw to a close after the Potato Growers Association advised its members to accept a $650,000 reimbursement deal from the state government. The government sent a letter to 74 potato growers in August offering to return to them more than $650,000 – comprised of $484,316 in Potato Marketing Corporation funds recovered from a legal trust and $200,000 in costs paid by Galati Nominees. The defunct industry regulator had launched civil action on behalf of growers against Perth’s “Spud King” Tony Galati in 2015, accusing him of growing more potatoes than allowed under WWII-era legislation. But the action was dropped by WA’s new Labor government after the industry was deregulated last December. More