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Media Release 11 June 2019 - Tour Aims to Reduce Region's Cost of Freight

Media Release 11 June 2019


Freight is a significant cost in the production of grain, beef and horticulture in Australia, but particularly in Central Queensland. Finding transport efficiencies for producers and improving port and connecting road and rail infrastructure is the focus of a unique tour of Northern and Central Queensland Port facilities.

Registrations are open for the From Paddock to Port Tour, which will visit the Port of Townsville (POT), Port of Mackay (North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation) (NQBPC) and Gladstone Port Corporation (GPC) facilities.

The program, from 1 to 4 July, is a joint initiative of the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

“This an opportunity to gain first-hand insights from key supply chain personnel in Central and Northern Queensland,” CHDC Agribusiness Development Coordinator Liz Alexander says.

“As a direct result from last year’s tour, one Central Queensland producer was able to redirect containerised mungbeans out of the Port of Gladstone, saving $50 per tonne on freight costs.

“As well, all Ports have responded to producer requirements and delivered a substantially greater focus on agribusiness capability as well as last mile road transport solutions.

“This is your chance to connect face-to-face with key industry representatives who can assist with processing, freighting and exporting the products from the region, and the farmers who grow the commodities.”

Book at chdc.com.au. Tickets are $950 per person, which includes a three-day itinerary, all meals, accommodation, and chartered flights (ex. Brisbane).

Last year’s tour was fully booked, with representatives from the grains, cotton, horticultural and beef sectors as well as fuel, supply chain and logistics industry members attending.

“There is a strong interest and demand for this type of information, and CHDC is committed to supporting agribusinesses to realise their full financial potential,” Mrs Alexander says.

The program forms part of the award-winning Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness (CHAA) collaboration, which aims to grow, promote and realise value and opportunity for all businesses producing agricultural and food products, processing and other value-adding services in the region.

The 2019 Tour is jointly supported by the Grains Research & Development Corporation, Advance Queensland, Central Highlands Regional Council, CQ Inland Port, GrainCorp, North Queensland Bulk Ports (Mackay) and Lowes Petroleum. CHDC and DAF also thank the Gladstone Ports Corporation and the Port of Townsville for their significant in-kind support.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: For further information, please contact CHDC Agribusiness Development Coordinator Liz Alexander 0429 471 511.