Media Release

Australian industry members strengthening our Indonesia relationship

26 March 2014

It’s not just government helping improve coordination and information sharing between Australia and Indonesia’s cattle sectors, but also every-day Australians with a strong connection to the livestock and red meat industries.

Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said five Australians had joined the efforts of the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector.

“The partnership is an important component of the Australian Government’s $60 million assistance package to foster a deeper partnership between the meat industries in Australia and Indonesia that was reaffirmed by the Prime Minister last year,” Minister Joyce said.

“The members of the partnership will bring much needed on the ground knowledge, experience and expertise to the major bilateral initiative that brings together well-recognised and established people from both countries.

“The Partnership provides a way for government and industry in Australia and Indonesia to work together. Our aim is to improve the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of the red meat and cattle sector.”

The non-government members of the Partnership are:

  • Catherine Marriott, who brings capacity and relationship building experience in the livestock sector, from WA.
  • Terry Nolan, who brings livestock processing and exporting experience, from QLD.
  • Ken Warriner, who brings producing, exporting and business and investment experience, from the NT and QLD.
  • Chris Barnes, who brings business and investment experience, from NSW.
  • Gary Stark, who brings producing and agricultural engineering experience, from QLD.

These members join three Australian Government representatives and Indonesian industry and government members, and bring with them strong working relationships with Indonesia.

“As a group, the partnership members will drive forward positive change and reaffirm our commitment to Indonesia and our ongoing cattle and red meat trade,” Minister Joyce said.

“As a government, we’re eager to explore opportunities and build partnerships that transfer skills and build local industries – here and in Indonesia.

“Improving the prospects for long term investment and trade in red meat and cattle into Indonesia remains a high priority for the Australian Government.”

For more information on the Partnership, please contact the Partnership secretariat on 02 6272 4046.