Beef 2012 gets $2.4m funding
BREAKING 11am: Australia’s biggest triennial beef conference will get $2.4 million from the Federal Government to host an expected 80,000 graziers in Rockhampton next year.
Federal Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig joined Beef Australia chairman Geoff Murphy and Federal Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore to announce the funding this morning.
The money is an increase on the past federal grants for the conference, up from $2 million in 2009.
Beef Australia chief executive Roger Desailly said visitors for the May 2012 conference had already been confirmed from Brazil, the United States, Canada and New Zealand, and the event will have an expanded cattle genetics conference.
Mr Desailly said the huge “tent city” that was erected in 2009 will again be set up Rockhampton, but the home stay program will be expanded to “farm stays within an hour of Rockhampton” with hopes up to 500 conference delegates will stay with local beef producers and at homes in the Central Queensland city.