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Australia supports beef industry in Central Queensland

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and Kirsten Livermore MP, Federal Member for Capricornia, announced financial support to help showcase Australia’s beef industry internationally.

Minister Ludwig said the Gillard Government would provide up to $2.4 million to Beef Australia 2012, which is a major financial boost for Australia’s largest beef cattle event.

“Australia’s cattle industry contributes significantly to the economy and supports tens of thousands of jobs across the country,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Beef Australia 2012 is the largest event of its kind in Australia, aiming to promote research and best practice in the beef industry.

“It provides local and international producers with an opportunity to demonstrate cutting–edge technology and promote collaboration across the beef cattle supply chain.”

The expo is likely to attract more than 70,000 domestic and international visitors, including industry representatives from 30 countries.

Held every three years, Beef Australia 2012 will be staged from 7–12 May 2012 in Rockhampton, Queensland.

“As well as promoting world–class Australian food, this event will provide a useful opportunity for producers to develop markets and increase productivity,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Following from the recent spate of natural disasters, this event will also reaffirm that Queensland is well and truly open for business.”

Ms Livermore was delighted to welcome Minister Ludwig to Rockhampton for this important announcement.

“This is the second time Labor has committed significant funding to Rockhampton’s Beef Expo while the LNP has refused to guarantee financial support,” Ms Livermore said.

Beef Australia Chairman Geoff Murphy said that the grant is a valuable boost to the Rockhampton Regional economy after recent devastating flooding.

“I would like to thank our local member Kirsten Livermore for her role in advocating for Beef Australia within the corridors of power in Canberra and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig for delivering this generous funding package,” Mr Murphy said.

by S. C.
18 may 2011, World News > Oceania