I’ve just returned on the red-eye flight from Darwin after attending the Northern Australia Food Futures Conference. I’ll have more about the Conference next eNews, however it had a significant focus on supply chain constraints (including a success story) and biosecurity, which was not surprising after ABC’s Four Corners episode ‘Outbreak’ last week. It’s compulsory viewing for agribusiness. Watch the episode here.

Facilitator confirmed for first Export Ready: International Trade Program

CHDC can confirm that the Chair of the Export Council of Australia, Diane Tipping, will kick off the first session of this ten-part program on Monday, 3 September. Export Ready is designed to upskill agribusiness and related companies within the Central Queensland region that are potential and aspiring exporters.

Diane is the founder and Managing Director of Excon International Pty Ltd, an export management consultancy business that focuses on the management of exports and international projects on behalf of Australian exporters throughout the world. She has spent over 35 years handling export transactions including working for two large multi-nationals.

Registrations are already coming in and are limited to 15 businesses. For more information and to register, click here.

Round 2: Growing Queensland’s Food Exports (GQFE) pilot program

Round 2 applications for Growing Queensland’s Food Exports (GQFE) pilot program opened on 1 July, 2018. The program provides matched funding of up to $100,000 (minimum of $50,000) over two years to help build food businesses’ export capability.

Details on eligible project activities can be found on the GQFE webpage here.

Round 2 closes on 1 August.

SunWater confirmed proponent for $352 million Rookwood Weir

The Queensland Government has allocated $66 million in the 2018-19 Budget to progress the $352 million Rookwood Weir project.

The weir will be built on the Fitzroy 60 kilometres south-west of Rockhampton and, once constructed, will have the ability to supply 76,000 ML per annum of water, providing water certainty for Central Queensland. The Rookwood Weir infrastructure will be integrated into SunWater’s existing local network, which includes Eden Bann Weir and Stanwell Pipeline.

Chief Executive Officer Nicole Hollows said Sunwater’s research indicated primary producers in the region had an appetite for growing their business, diversifying into new crops or using their land differently.

Approximately 4000 ML per annum of high-priority water will be used to supplement urban supplies along the Capricorn Coast. The Gladstone Area Water Board will also have access to approximately 30,000ML per annum of high-priority water to supply industrial and urban users in Gladstone.

Agri-Business by Design

Registrations are open for the Agri-Business by Design 12-week Fast Track business program, supported by the Agri-Business Development Institute (ABDI), MLA, AgForce and Queensland Government. Designed to educate and support participants around business management for their agricultural business, it starts with a 2-day workshop in Emerald on 24 and 25 July and is followed by online learning and mentoring.

For bookings and more information, click here.

Contact Liz Alexander for more information E: agribusiness@chdc.com.au or M: 0429 471 511.

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