The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) hosted the From Paddock to Port: Supply Chain Forum on 15th November 2018.

The event provided important updates on current supply chain infrastructure and services, as well as learnings, information and contacts from May’s tour of Gladstone, Mackay and Townsville Ports by exporters, aspiring exporters and value chain members.

The individual presentations from the speakers are available below:
(Select the presenter to download a copy of their presentation).

Event Overview:

New levels of supply chain connectivity created through improved shipping services and infrastructure are creating opportunities for Central Queensland producers and agribusiness across diverse markets.

In May 2018, CHDC with partners DAF hosted a tour of the Port of Townsville (POT), Port of Mackay (North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation) (NQBPC) and Gladstone Port Corporation (GPC) facilities for more than 60 exporters, aspiring exporters and value chain members.

The 2018 Paddock to Port Supply Chain Forum brings Port Tour contacts, information and learnings to the Central Highlands:

  • Gain insights from key supply chain personnel for Central Queensland as well as the experiences of local producers from the Port site visits
  • Relevant updates on the near future for grains and other commodity freight and logistics
  • Connect with the people growing, processing, freighting and exporting the products from our region



The presentations were followed by a question and answer session with members of the May 2018 cohort who attended the From Paddock to Port Tour across Townsville, Mackay & Gladstone Ports:

  • Kerry Hayes, Mayor, Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Aaron Kiely, President, Central Highlands Cotton Growers & Irrigators Association
  • Kurt Mayne, Broken Plains Pastoral Co, Rolleston
  • Peter Mifsud, P&K Mifsud Dryland Farms, Clermont

Following lunch, there was an optional tour of “Wandina”, Clermont which left Emerald at 1.30pm (those attending provide own vehicles). Peter Mifsud provided a guided tour of his family’s grain complex at “Wandina”, Clermont.

More information

For additional details, please contact Liz Alexander, Agribusiness Development Coordinator at CHDC:


Phone: 0429 471 511







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