Media Release

Queensland, you’re next to have your say

27 February 2014

Face-to-face meetings being held in Queensland in March and April will give those who know agriculture best the chance to have their say in realising a strong and prosperous future for the sector.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is calling Queenslanders with a passion for agriculture to contribute to the Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper process.

“Our local industry leaders, farmers and those in sectors connected to the land all have good ideas on how to get better returns for the agriculture sector,” Minister Joyce said.

“If you have the ideas, enthusiasm and knowledge, now is the time to get involved and tell us how we can create a stronger, more profitable and more sustainable agriculture sector.

“Our agriculture sector is a huge contributor to the Australian economy with our hardworking farmers producing around $50 billion worth of food and fibre each year with exports valued at almost $40 billion.”

The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce is travelling around Australia to meet with local farmers and industry representatives to hear their ideas.

While in Queensland, the Taskforce will visit Longreach, Toowoomba, Georgetown, Bowen, Rockhampton and Bundaberg to consult about the issues paper – the first step in the white paper development process.

Roundtable meetings with invited farmers and other agricultural representatives, along with scheduled one-on-one meetings have been organised. Those passionate about making our agricultural industries stronger are encouraged to take an interest and have their say.

If you would like to make a one-on-one appointment with the taskforce while they are near you, phone 02 6271 6272 or email agricultural.competitiveness@pmc.gov.au.

If you are not attending a roundtable or have been unable to make a one-on-one appointment you can still make a submission. To find out how, visit www.agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au.

Building on our strengths in agriculture is part of the Australian Government’s plan to build a diverse 5-Pillar economy to generate jobs and deliver a stronger, more prosperous economy.

Submissions on the issues paper are due by 5 pm, 17 April 2014.

Town

Roundtable

One-on-one

Longreach

12 March

13 March

Toowoomba

25 March

25 March

Georgetown

2 April

2 April

Bowen

4 April

4 April

Rockhampton

15 April

14 April

Bundaberg

16 April

16 April