Roundtable meets for north beef roads

22 Nov, 2015 01:00 AM
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National Party leader and deputy prime minister Warren Truss was in the Kimberley this week to sit in on a Northern Beef Roads Program roundtable.
National Party leader and deputy prime minister Warren Truss was in the Kimberley this week to sit in on a Northern Beef Roads Program roundtable.

ACTING Prime Minister and National Party leader Warren Truss said the Australian Government is committed to WA's northern beef industry, to improve the northern beef road network.

In Kununurra on Monday, Mr Truss took part in the second of three Northern Australia Beef Roads Roundtables.

Mr Truss said following the success of the first roundtable in Rockhampton, Queensland, last month, discussions with industry representatives were key to determining the highest investment priorities for consideration under the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program.

"This roundtable brings together representatives from the transport and cattle industries, peak bodies and all levels of government to discuss road infrastructure constraints in the northern cattle supply chains, as well as potential solutions," Mr Truss said.

"The Australian Government is investing $100 million through the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program to improve cattle supply chain efficiency.

"The roundtable helps ensure the Australian Government maximises benefits to the beef industry from this program."

The $100m Northern Australia Beef Roads Fund was announced in May this year, to improve roads, cut red tape and establish more consistent regulations in livestock transportation in northern Australia.

Mr Truss said northern Australia's beef industry was an important driver for northern Australia's economy, with improvements to the industry set to benefit the nation.

"In 2010-11 the gross value of agricultural production in the north reached $5.2 billion, around $3b of which was from cattle, these figures speak for themselves," he said.

"The Australian Government is committed to developing the north by taking advantage of the north's natural advantages, and the beef industry is a core component of that commitment."

Representatives from the CSIRO presented their computer-based logistics modelling tool, TRAnsport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TRANSIT) at the roundtable.

TRANSIT will be used to evaluate prospective investment in the northern cattle supply chain in order to identify opportunities to improve productivity.

A third and final roundtable will be held in Darwin in early 2016 to discuss the outcomes of the TRANSIT analysis.

FarmWeekly

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