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Cream of dairy innovation in Indi

Posted February 03, 2016

 

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CATHY McGOWAN (Indi) (13:42):  Today, I would like to acknowledge the Alpine Valleys Dairy Pathways Project and thank them for their hospitality to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry and its inquiry into innovation last week.

This is an excellent project. The Alpine Valleys is one of the most profitable dairy areas in Australia. I was absolutely delighted to showcase to my colleagues in the House committee the work that they are doing. They work with the community, particularly with the local high school at Tallangatta, they work with local government and other agencies around land management, and they work on transition in and out of farming.

I would like to put on record the work of Stuart and Sarah Crosthwaite, Patten Bridge, Patrick Glass, Karen Moroney, Scott and Belinda McKillop, Ken and Lyn Jones, Alex Paton, Mick O'Keefe, Lauren Elvin, Jo Turner, Kelly Behrens, Lachlan Campbell, and Brendan and Sarah Glass. I thank them for their work.

Agriculture is core business in my electorate of Indi. It is core business in Victoria. For all those who eat food, it is our core business. What we saw last week was some of the innovation taking in place there—in governance, in increasing productivity and in land management—that is, in fact, leading right across Australia. I would like to say 'well done' to the Alpine Valleys people for your work. Keep it up. I am very proud to be your representative in parliament. Thank you.

IMAGE: Standing Committee on Agirculture and Industry members, chair Member for Grey, Mr Rowan Ramsey (right), Member for Durack, Melissa Price, and Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, at the Crosthwaite property on January 28 as part of the Public Hearing for the Ag Innovation Inquiry.