Article – $1m road funds are ‘not enough’

by 29 December 2015

3 December 2015 Reuben Hale The Countryman

WA’s northern cattle industry says $100 million for road improvements is a start, but does not go far enough.

A fortnight ago National Party leader Warren Truss made a commitment to deliver on its pledge to improve northern beef roads as part of the Federal government’s Northern Australia white paper.

The $100 million will be allocated in addition to a $600 million roads package to improve vital infrastructure [...]

Parliamentary Discussion on Northern Australia

by 13 November 2015

10 November 2015 Hansard

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (14:18): My question is to the Minister for Trade and Investment. Since the northern loans plan’s $50 million requirement eliminates northerners, it will stop the northern beef on-farm irrigation plan, worth $6 billion a year. And since the government’s largesse²according to The Australian Financial Review on Monday²goes to Darwin port owners, Wilmar Sugar and JBS Swift²all monopolistic foreign corporations with plantation farming, foreign fly-ins, contractors and mill workers²what [...]

Article – China free trade agreement expected to tip billions into Australian farms, dairy industry to be popular with investors

by 16 September 2015

1 September 2015 Dylan Welch and Jeanavive McGregor ABC News

From vast Central Australian cattle stations to the smallest southern Victorian dairy farms, the Australian agriculture sector is expecting a transformation later this year, with food-hungry Chinese companies in negotiations worth billions.

The deals are the result of a recently signed free trade agreement which has removed trade tariffs and lowered barriers to investment in Australia for a mix of private firms and sovereign wealth [...]

Article – Century Iron Mines sells eggs as Australia moves from mining to dining

by 16 September 2015

19 August 2015 Andy Hoffman Australian Financial Review

The iron-ore business is so lousy that one Canadian mining company is shelving its biggest project and starting a new venture: selling Australian eggs to China.

The abrupt shift at Century Iron Mines was prompted by a global iron-ore surplus that sent prices plunging 68 per cent in four years. Chief executive officer Sandy Chim does not expect a recovery until 2018, so he’s taken a cue from [...]

Article – Victorian Farmers Federation call for China FTA to be ratified

by 16 September 2015

31 August 2015 Emma Brown ABC Rural

The Victorian Farmers Federation has joined calls to ratify the China Free Trade Agreement.

AUDIO: Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey on the China FTA (ABC Rural)

The agriculture lobby group said the agreement would trigger growth in the agriculture sector and delaying its ratification could risk agriculture jobs.

The CFMEU recently released an ad campaign warning the free trade agreement would allow Chinese workers to come to Australia [...]

Article – Indonesia poised to run out of Aus beef

by 16 September 2015

17 August 2015 Jared Lynch Queensland Country Life

INDONESIA is set to run out of Australian beef within six weeks, according to Australian cattle exporters who say Jakarta’s plan to combat rising meat prices and public protests has come too late.

Last week Indonesian authorities issued import permits to state procurement agency BULOG (the Indonesian Bureau of Logistics) for an extra 50,000 head of live cattle, which must be ready for slaughter.

This doubled the number of [...]

Article – Gina’s dairy plans move to beef

by 16 September 2015

13 August 2015 Mark Phelps Queensland Country Life

AUSTRALIAN businesswoman Gina Rinehart will not proceed with a proposed $500 million dairy project in Queensland, choosing instead to focus on beef.

Hope Dairies director David Garcia said in a letter sent to affected councils that the land bought by the company in the south Burnett would be used to develop a Wagyu cattle enterprise.

“Hope Dairies has progressed its analysis on the potential Queensland dairy project [...]

Article – Western Australia’s Ord River irrigators tell Prime Minister they need less talk and more development

by 2 September 2015

26 August 2015 Tom Edwards ABC Rural

Farmers in an irrigated agriculture zone in Western Australia’s remote East Kimberley say they want vital development to progress more quickly.

AUDIO: Ord farmers Fritz Bolten, David Menzel and Christian Bloecker talking about the need for development to progress more quickly (ABC Rural)

Their call for action follows a visit to the Ord River Irrigation Area by the Prime Minister on Sunday.

AUDIO: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he’s [...]

Article – Stokes Re-enters Northern WA Cattle Industry with Napier Downs Purchase

by 26 August 2015

11 August 2015 Jon Condon Beef Central

Another large Kimberley/Pilbara cattle station acquisition by another WA business magnate.

Perth business tycoon Kerry Stokes’ private holding company has bought Napier Downs, regarded as one of, if not the best, cattle property in the state’s Kimberley region.

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Courtesy of Beef Central


Article – Minister for Lands admits Western Australia’s pastoral lease system is ‘clunky’

by 20 August 2015

6 August 2015 Tom Edwards ABC Rural

The Western Australia Minister for Lands has admitted the approvals process for agriculture projects on cattle stations is “clunky”, but says the system is being improved.

In announcing major project approval for the world’s largest prawn farm on Legune Station, in the Northern Territory last week, Seafarms Group chairman Ian Trahar said the project could not have occurred in WA due to red tape.

Mr Trahar said the [...]