Media Release

WA, have your say

5 March 2014

Western Australians will soon have the opportunity to put forward their big ideas for creating a stronger, more profitable and sustainable agriculture sector.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is urging Western Australians with a vision for how to make agriculture more competitive to contribute to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper process.

“In March, the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce will visit Bunbury, Katanning, Geraldton and Kununurra 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 and I encourage those passionate about making our agricultural industries stronger to take an interest and have a say.

“Our local industry leaders, farmers, and those in sectors connected to the land, like transport and banking, are full of practical ideas which can deliver great returns for Australia and for farmers and now is the time to share them.”

The Australian agriculture sector is an important contributor to our economy with farmers producing around $50 billion worth of food and fibre each year with annual exports valued at almost $40 billion.

“We want ideas that will help us increase competitiveness, increase farm gate profitability and contribute to the prosperity of our rural and regional communities,” Minister Joyce said.

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.

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.

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.

Submissions are due by 5 pm, 17 April 2014.

Town Roundtable One-on-one
Bunbury 17 March 17 March
Katanning 19 March 18 March
Geraldton 21 March 21 March
Kununurra 27 March 26 March