Call for level field

TEYS meatworks is getting ready to celebrate 70 years of business next year - for which they have never received assistance from the government, and think live export should not either.

"The government should not under any circumstances put any money into Port Alma," Teys general manager of corporate affairs Tom Maguire said.

"Producers should fund (live export from Port Alma) going forward.

"In spite of us employing over 900 people in Rockhampton and 400 people in Biloela, we don't get any money." Mr Maguire said the company supported healthy competition, as long as it was fair.

"We welcome all forms of competition provided it's on level playing fields," he said.

"I would pose a question to the Liberal national government do they support jobs in Rockhampton and Biloela?"

Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige said a lot more planning was needed before Central Queensland graziers could make the most of live export from Port Alma.

"Everyone needs to sit down and talk together and work out what is requited," he said.

"I don't think anybody is going to knock back any opportunity.

"The industry arm and the political arm need to work together."



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