A Victorian Parliamentary hearing in Shepparton was left in no doubt the region is keen to improve on its agricultural export opportunities, Committee for Greater Shepparton chief executive officer Matt Nelson believes.CATHY WALKER July 8, 2014 3:00am
‘‘As with all these processes the key thing will be what the final report says,’’ Mr Nelson said.
The Rural and Regional Committee, chaired by State Member for Western Victoria David O’Brien, is travelling the state taking submissions on opportunities for increasing the export of goods and services. On Wednesday in Shepparton 13 businesses and agencies put their cases to the committee.
Mr Nelson said while government-led trade fairs in Asia were clearly having an impact, his question was ‘‘how do you best join the dots between the GV producers and the Asian middle class?’’.
Committee for Greater Shepparton told the hearing supply chain infrastructure would play an important part in making the Goulburn Valley globally competitive.
Mr Nelson said for example, rules surrounding higher productivity vehicles, which had the potential to increase productivity in the area by up to 30 per cent, were unclear even to large transport operators. Each ‘‘HPV’’ can carry two large shipping containers direct to the Port of Melbourne.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority chief executive officer Chris Norman told the hearing that in an export context, his authority’s role was to ensure clean, green and sustainable agriculture in the region.
He said the Goulburn Valley needed government contributions of $80
‘‘I talked a bit about the threats agriculture faced, the regional catchment strategy and the Farm Water Program,’’ Mr Norman said.
‘‘As well as the $80
Mr Norman was asked what tangible on-farm benefits he could point to from the Farm Water Program, such as productivity improvements.
‘‘I was able to tell them while it’s early days, we have already seen increases of between 0.2 and 0.6 tonnes of dry matter per hectare on farms that have been modernised,’’ he said.
Food producers including Australian Consolidated Milk chairman Michael Auld and Tatura Milk Industries Tatura site manager Chris Macbeth made submissions on behalf of their businesses, as did several transport operators, Fruit Growers Victoria, Plunkett Orchards and La Trobe University vice-chancellor Professor John Dewar.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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