Beef gives visitors a taste of Rocky’s role in industry
DEPUTY Prime Minister Warren Truss met with cattle producers at Beef Australia yesterday as he toured the national exposition.
The Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development said the event was very significant for the beef industry and the country as a whole.
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"Beef has become a very important export with enormous opportunities for the future," he said.
"This gives everyone associated with the beef industry hope and confidence that there are real opportunities for this industry in the future.
"It's important for governments to work together to provide the kind of facilities and services and infrastructure to support an industry like this."
Mr Truss said there were several projects being funded in the Federal Budget, to be handed down next week, which would help develop a more productive and profitable beef industry.
These include the second part of the $50billion infrastructure program, $6.7billion for the Bruce Hwy over the next decade, $700million for councils to spend on local roads, as well as the black spot program.
Mr Truss also said the recently signed free trade agreements between countries like Korea, China and Japan would open up huge opportunities for Australia's export market.
"The benefits of having such a large number of people in town for a week, it puts the name of Rockhampton on the global map and demonstrates its significance to the beef production community of the world," he said.
"It also opens up to our international visitors the opportunities there are in Australia to invest in our industry, to taste our product and therefore choose it.
"It's not only a great event for those in the beef industry but a great place for spectators to come as well to see something of the industry."