Beef Roads roundtable kicks off in Rockhampton
01 October 2015
Rockhampton will be the focus of Australia's beef industry tomorrow (Friday, 2 October) with the regional centre hosting a roundtable for the $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the roundtable will bring together leaders in the beef industry to help identify investment priorities for the Beef Roads Programme.
“Australia's beef industry injects billions of dollars into the national economy and investing in key infrastructure to help make it more efficient will boost our national—and local—prosperity, Feedback from industry players is an essential part of getting the best result possible,” Mr Truss said.
“Transporting livestock to market in northern Australia involves both significant time and cost. Our competitiveness will be improved by putting dollars into infrastructure projects that reduce operating costs and improve reliability for freight operators.
“This will be the first of three roundtables held in northern Australia, with the remaining two to be held in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
“The Australian Government is committed to delivering the infrastructure industry needs and I am looking forward to the outcomes of these roundtables.”
Mr Truss said the Beef Roads Programme was one part of the Australian Government's investment in the northern Australia community.
“We are also investing $600 million towards a new Northern Australia roads programme, while the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility will provide concessional loans for major infrastructure projects in the north,” he said.
“These significant investments will create jobs, improve productivity and connect small regional towns with the national transport network.”