​Media Release

​Statement on reappointment as Assistant Minister for Agriculture

19 July 2016

I’m honoured to have the opportunity to continue as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and to build on the important work of our last term.

As a business owner, primary producer and irrigator, born and bred in the regional community of Renmark, I will always advocate for vibrant and prosperous regional communities—and a competitive agriculture sector is the backbone of such communities.

Alongside Barnaby Joyce and Luke Hartsuyker, I’m excited to be part of a team that not only has a strong vision for Australian agriculture and rural and regional communities, but is putting in place the practical measures and real investment to realise that vision.

Coming from a Basin community, I understand the vital importance of managing Australia’s water resources efficiently and effectively, and with long-term vision.

The government will continue to deliver the water infrastructure that will support a productive agriculture sector, strong communities and a healthy environment.

We will be building on our already significant investments in water infrastructure with a $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loans Facility. A new Regional Investment Corporation will be established to administer the infrastructure loans, along with our various concessional loans schemes for farm businesses.

I look forward to working with Barnaby and Luke to continue to deliver real results for Australia’s agriculture sector and our rural and regional communities. ​