Local, Independant and Effective
November 17, 2017

Dairy shows co-operatives are key in agribusiness success

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says the Alpine Valleys Dairy Consortium in attracting a $136,260 grant is evidence of the important role co-operatives can play in sustainable agribusiness.

“Congratulations to the consortium who put in a lot of work to identify the opportunities in the local dairy industry and are reaping the rewards,” Ms McGowan said.

As an independent representative, Ms McGowan was able to work with the consortium, led by community and industry, to reach across federal government and the opposition.

“My hope is that this is a sustainable model that will be picked up by further industries and embraced by government at all levels,” Ms McGowan said.

The grant comes from the government’s $13.8 million Farm Co-Operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program (Farming Together) administered through Southern Cross University.

“I’ve been proud to work with the consortium and provide useful connections in Federal parliament and with the university.”

Ms McGowan said she hoped other agribusiness operators would be inspired by the consortium’s success.

“Local co-operatives have enormous potential to leverage all the expertise and business knowledge of local farmers, to help their industries thrive,” Ms McGowan said.

“Indi has a wealth of smart, forward looking farmers who can make the most of opportunities like these.”

Ms McGowan said she hoped that the current inquiry into regional development and decentralisation would identify ways to continue to provide sustainable incentives for similar programs.

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