Local, Independant and Effective
August 25, 2015
Contact: Simon Crase

Your chance to tell Government how to improve supply chains for red meat

Local primary producers need to have their say at next week’s Senate Standing Committee visit to Albury. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, is urging people take the opportunity to speak directly with Government.

“It's important the voice of the local industry is heard,” Ms McGowan said. 

The Public Hearing related to the Senate Enquiry into the red meat processing sector is being held at the Albury Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, September 2. The hearing is running from 9am-4.30pm. 

“I welcome the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional affairs coming to the region, it’s vital to hear from farmers in Indi for gathering information to help identify recommendations for Government,” Ms McGowan said.

“Effective supply chains for agricultural produce are important for rural and regional Australia.”

Ms McGowan thanked local beef and sheep producers for making a large number of submissions to the Inquiry.

“It was also very worthwhile to have Mudgegonga farmers Loretta Carroll, Jane Carney and Julian Carroll accept my recent invitation to visit Canberra to lobby Senators and key Government and Opposition officials,” Ms McGowan said. 

Ms Carroll said the trio welcomed the opportunity to discuss industry matters with Government.

“We told Government all seven recommendations should be implemented in full to improve industry representation, transparency and accountability in regards to the levy structure,” Ms Carroll said. “We also took the opportunity to express our concerns about the impact these recommendations may have to the Senate Inquiry into market consolidation in the red meat processing sector that is currently taking place.” 

For more information visit the Committee website.

Ms McGowan is also encouraging people in the agricultural sector to make a submission to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry Inquiry on Agricultural Innovation. This inquiry is about technological developments and additional support required to help the agricultural sector increase productivity. Submissions are being accepted until 25 September. Information is available here.


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