A SECOND meeting between agribusiness industry representatives and the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) took place in Merredin yesterday to discuss a range of issues facing farm businesses and communities in the eastern Wheatbelt.
The meeting was a follow up from the discussion in Perth in August which had more than 35 people in attendance discussing regional issues.
The meeting discussed three key areas - immediate challenges for people and communities in the region, challenges and opportunities for individual businesses over the next six to 18 months; and how to develop a sustainable and profitable industry over the longer term.
At the time of the Perth meeting, DAFWA director general Rob Delane said there were a number of positives to come out of the meeting.
"There was strong consensus on key issues such as the need for industry to work together proactively and to communicate positively," Mr Delane said.
"DAFWA is committed to supporting the success of industry.
"At the meeting it was strongly acknowledged that everyone needed to play their part and work together to address these challenging issues.
"There is plenty of work to be done in the interim at industry, local and government level."
Meanwhile with a new Federal Government and a new Federal Agriculture Minister, eyes will now turn back to the Federal Farm Finance Package and its potential roll out.
WA and the Federal Government were unable to reach an agreement to sign off on the package first announced in April.
A spokesperson for WA Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the State would follow up on the package once the new minister, Barnaby Joyce, had settled in. Details of yesterday's DAFWA meeting will be in next week's Farm Weekly or see farmweekly.com.au for an update.