Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, is encouraging Indi agricultural industries and businesses to access the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda announced today.
“I share Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s optimism for the future of Australia,” Ms McGowan said. “I believe regional Australia is well poised to capitalise on this program. This will help Indi become a prosperous, caring community alive with opportunities for everyone.”
Ms McGowan said agriculture was the main topic of discussion at the recent Indi Community Summit. The sector is worth more than $600 million per year to Indi and is the fifth largest employer, with around 5000 businesses across eight local governments.
Ms McGowan said regions with a strong agricultural sector were best placed to take advantage of initiatives for university research and end-user engagement. There were also opportunities for seed funding for collaborative science workshops within regional economies around food and biosecurity and other shared challenges.
“Agriculture is ready for change and the sector wants to innovate and create strong partnerships to grow the industry in the North East,” Ms McGowan said. “Agriculture and manufacturing when combined is the second largest employer in the Hume region.”
The National Innovation and Science Agenda will promote ideas to help create growth, local jobs and global success.
Other initiatives which will benefit Indi, include:
- range of tax incentives
- entrepreneurs’ support programme
- regulatory regime for crowd-sourced equity funding
- research infrastructure funding
- collaborative university research grants
- increased opportunities for women in science, technology engineering and maths
- digital marketplace for IT procurement
More information on the National Innovation and Science Agenda is available online.