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Beef Strategy Aims To Steer Townsville Industry Growth

The Palaszczuk Government has released a three-year strategy to strengthen Queensland’s $1 billion beef processing industry.

Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said the strategy will secure Queensland’s industry as the largest in Australia.

“In Queensland we have 15 major export beef abattoirs and around 43 smaller operations. In Townsville, this includes JBS Townsville which is the second largest processing facility in the country, sourcing cattle from northern and central Australia,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“The Palaszczuk Government has already created more than 200,000 jobs across Queensland since we were elected and this announcement shows we aren’t finished yet.

“Beef processing, particularly in the Townsville region, is one of our state’s largest industries, directly employing around 10,000 workers, many in regional communities.

“The industry is integral to the overall beef cattle supply chain with the Queensland Beef Processing Strategy 2019-2022 ensuring Queensland will be the provider of choice for the Asia Pacific region and beyond for the next century.

“This important strategy follows the more than $90 million in grants and concessional loans to help flood-ravaged communities in north and north-west Queensland get back on their feet.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland and Australia had been shocked by the breadth and extent of the recent flood catastrophe that devastated communities across the north.

“It was an unprecedented event and it demanded an unprecedented response, and that’s exactly what we have delivered,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government is focused on enhancing engagement with industry and ensuring the efficient movement of livestock and freight via road and rail.

“Building and retaining a skilled workforce and investing in supply chain and processing efficiency we help us to continue to grow this vital industry,” Mr Dick said.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said despite the disaster, beef exports rose $903 million to $5.8 billion in 2018-19.

“This is 18.4 per cent higher than the $4.9 billion last year – an incredible achievement for a state in the grip of prolonged drought and following on from the flooding,” Mr Furner said.

“To see the great strides they are making now is heart-warming to say the least and makes you proud to call yourself a Queenslander.”

Assistance via the Queensland Rural Industry Development Authority has so far included:

$78.3M in grants to more than 1100 primary producers;
$7.2M in grants to 368 small businesses;
$883,000 in grants to 48 not-for-profit groups;
15 Disaster Assistance Loans, worth $3.1M, to primary producers, mainly beef;
13 Disaster Assistance Loans worth $1.9M and 17 Essential Working Capital loans worth $1.7M to small businesses.