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National beef stock falls INDUSTRY INSIDERS UNPACK WHAT LOW NATIONAL HERD MEANS FOR AUSTRALIAN BEEF MARKETS

THE national beef cattle herd is expected to fall to its lowest level since 1992, as Australian cattle producers enter 2020 on the back of one of the most challenging years on record, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2020 Cattle Industry Projections. Drought conditions in most key production areas prompted widespread destocking in 2019. Financial pressures on producers were also compounded by severe flooding in north Queensland in 2019, and more recently, devastating bushfires. While useful rainfall in recent weeks has offered encouragement to cattle producers, turnoff is anticipated to remain elevated at the start of 2020, with further widespread follow up rainfall still required. MLA senior market analyst, Adam Cheetham, said as a result of the scale of destocking, the national herd was forecast to decline 5.8 per cent year-onyear by the end of June 2020 to 24.7 million head, representing a cumulative fall of 12.4 per cent since June 2018. “From a cattle supply perspective, numbers over the next two years are expected to tighten considerably. The extent of tightening will be determined by domestic and global influences, with rainfall and demand from China the stand out variables,” Mr Cheetham said. “Adult cattle slaughter in 2020 is currently forecast to fall 15 per cent to 7.2 million head, with an expected tightening of supply as the year progresses. “Production is forecast to be down 13 per cent to 2.1 million tonnes carcass weight (cwt). However, carcass weights are expected to increase three per cent to average 292kg/head as a result of an anticipated increase in the grainfed portion of turnoff combined with a lower percentage of female slaughter. “The lot feeding sector has been growing in recent years in response to strong demand for high-quality grain-fed beef and its key role in finishing cattle in drought conditions. More than one million head of cattle on feed has been maintained over the past seven quarters and this is set to continue in 2020, despite the potential for higher feed and feeder costs. “Female slaughter reached new highs in 2019, but is expected to drop off in 2020 as the herd shifts from contraction to rebuild – assuming a return to average seasonal conditions. However,

CHALLENGING TIMES: Cattle in the selling pens at CQLX Gracemere.

with feed and water availability tight in many regions, any return to the extreme dry conditions during 2020 may result in a repeat of 2019 trends.” Mr Cheetham said despite all of the pressures on producers, global demand for beef had remained robust and helped support cattle prices during these extreme conditions. “The global protein market experienced an exceptional year in 2019, with the impact of African Swine Fever in China creating a significant protein deficit and reshaping the global meat trade as more product was directed to the China market,” Mr Cheetham said. “Australian beef exports were very much part of this shift, with exports to China growing 85 per

cent and the market emerging as Australia’s largest market by volume. “The protein deficit in China is set to be just as apparent in 2020, but many shifts in the global landscape will impact how this unfolds, including the US-China trade relationship, production and policies from South American suppliers and policy shifts within China itself. “Demand for beef from many other key markets around the world remains robust, but buyers must now compete more fiercely for that product. “In 2020, Australian beef exports are forecast to decline 16 per cent to 1.03 million tonnes shipped weight (swt), one of the lowest levels in recent years, but still higher than any year before 2013.”

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Australian cattle prices are expected to find support in 2020 in the event of a major improvement in seasonal conditions, as restockers, feeders and processors compete for a reduced pool of livestock. The impact of the recent rainfall on cattle prices provides some indication of their likely upwards trajectory in the event of more follow up rain and a solid Autumn break in the south. “Young cattle and breeding stock prices will be influenced significantly by the extent of the improvement in pasture availability,” Mr Cheetham said. “Even without good rain, finished cattle prices should remain at historically high levels as a result of the strong demand fundamentals.”

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Contracts aplenty at Adani $700M ALREADY AWARDED AS THE MINER SAYS THERE’S MORE TO COME THE Adani Carmichael mine and rail project is rumbling along, notching up two more impressive milestones - $700 million in contracts awarded and the completed construction of its massive new excavator. Adani Australia proudly shared the news earlier this month that it had crossed the $700 million threshold in contract announcements in what promises to provide bountiful jobs and business opportunities for regional Queensland communities. To date, Adani Australia has announced contracts for Martinus Rail and Decmil on the Carmichael rail project, which are delivering $100 million and $40 million contracts from Rockhampton respectively. Townsville’s Mendi Group has also recently been awarded a $15 million contract for civil engineering works, while Wagners is delivering a $35 million contract to build and operate the quarry which will provide materials for supporting infrastructure. Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said the value of contracts awarded was reflected in the volume of work and progress that had been made on construction since the final approvals were received in June 2019. “We have been busy getting on with the job of delivering our mine and rail project for the benefit of all Queenslanders and in particular people in

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regional Queensland,” Mr Dow said. “The mine and rail construction sites are a hive of activity. Our contractors are expanding our worker’s accommodation villages and building new ones, assembling equipment, building roads and dams, doing earthworks and delivering our environmental management systems among other things.” Despite the arrival of the wet season, Mr Dow said construction was progressing to schedule and with more than 200 workers on site at any given time, supported by staff in Adani Mining headquarters in Townsville, the Rockhampton Business Centre and Adani Australia’s office in

Brisbane. The on-site workforce was expected to increase significantly over the coming weeks when construction of the three temporary rail accommodation camps were completed, adding a further 1200 beds. “We remain on track to deliver 1500 direct jobs during the construction and ramp up phase of our Mine and Rail Project,” Mr Dow said. “The build and delivery of heavy machinery is also progressing, with Adani’s first 600 tonne mining excavator now complete and ready to get to work. “The excavator was built on-site over an eight

week period, while the first of more than two dozen trucks will soon begin the 300km journey from Mackay assembly yards to site.” He said the operations of the rail camps would be based in Collinsville, earthworks and civil works were coming from Townsville and Rockhampton, fuel supply from Townsville, telecommunications from Mackay, pre-strip mining, rail track laying and rail camp construction from Rockhampton and many other regional businesses and locations across regional Queensland which were benefiting from the project. Anyone interested can register their interest online.

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Expansion is paying off VASSALLO CONSTRUCTIONS HITS THE MARK IN ROCKHAMPTON AFTER expanding to Rockhampton from its base in Mackay, Vassallo Constructions has already made waves in its second outpost. After opening its doors six months ago, the company has already secured multiple contracts in the Beef Capital while building a workforce of majority local employees. So far, between its office space and various projects, 10 Rockhampton residents have been employed. Project manager Damian Vassallo follows in the footsteps of his father, managing director Vic Vassallo. Damian will oversee the upcoming, eight month long, Frenchmans Creek Bridge Project which the company recently procured. He said he was surprised by the amount of local resources and human capital at hand in Rockhampton. “There is such a good talent pool of people to employ out of,” he said. “Most of our office staff are locally based.” Rockhampton general manager for Vassallo Constructions James Gallagher agreed. “We have a team of guys on site at the moment, quite a few locals have been employed including

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a few trainees,” he said. Mr Gallagher said the strength of associated industries in town meant the company did not have to outsource subcontracting, quarries and other materials. The pair believed it wouldn’t be long before the Rockhampton branch would be running selfsufficiently by local workers. Rockhampton offered a bountiful selection of projects with tenders aplenty, according to Mr Gallagher, which influenced the company’s expansion south. “The work’s steady and increasing, there’s lots of tenders around at the moment including in the bridge space. Rockhampton Council put out three tenders for bridges in the past couple of weeks,” he said. Vassallo has already started work on an upgrade at Lakes Creek Road and a blackspot program job on Richardson Road, as well as preparation works for the Frenchmans Creek Bridge. As these works commence, Mr Gallagher said there were more big jobs in the pipeline. “There’s a lot of works coming in roads and bridges, as well as Shoalwater and the flood levee,” he said.

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“Reading the play, there’s obviously a very bright three to five years here in Rocky. “Some of those things, we’ve got our eye on being a part of, if not a big player.” Perhaps what has driven Vassallo’s ability to hit the ground running in Rockhampton has been its high Department of Transport and Main Roads pre-qualifications. “In terms of TMR prequalification, Vassallo is classed to level four in roads and three in bridges - that’s quite a high prequalification,” Mr Gallagher said. Level five is the highest attainable score in both categories. Plans moving forward for the

company includes a community integration campaign and the establishment of a Rockhampton yard. “We have assisted a lot of community and sporting organisations, and events in Mackay – very little doubt that we wouldn’t do the same in Rockhampton,” Mr Vassallo said. “We’ve got a few ideas about what we want to sponsor,” Mr Gallagher. “There are a few sporting teams, arts and community events that we are looking at at the moment. “Within the next few weeks, we hope to start signing on with some sports teams.”


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QAL apprentices Sarah Cassidy, Sidney Stuart, Tameeka Burrows, Aidan Dunkovic, Kye O'reilly, Connor Dromgoole, Kaine Dredge.

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New Gladstone apprentices NINETEEN new first-year apprentices have walked through the gates of Rio Tinto’s three Gladstone operations – QAL, Boyne Smelters and Yarwun – to begin careers in the aluminium industry. The apprentices, who are all Gladstone locals, will join 71 other apprentices studying electrical instrumentation, fitting and turning and boilermaking across the three businesses. During their four or five-year trades, they will gain

practical, on-the-job training and formal qualifications delivered through CQUniversity. The group will also be provided with mentors within the business to assist, challenge and inspire them. Rio Tinto Gladstone Communities and Communications manager Kylie Devine-Hewitt said, “apprentices are a valued part of Rio Tinto’s future in Gladstone and we are pleased to welcome these 19 enthusiastic team members to

our business”. “Their eagerness, fresh ideas and different backgrounds will continue to help us to build diversity in the workplace that benefits our entire operation,” she said. “We are pleased to be able to support local youth employment in our region. “We look forward to supporting their future career journeys.” Congratulations and best of luck to:

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Alumina plant pushes ahead THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO CREATE ABOUT 100 JOBS TO BEGIN IN 2022 AN alumina plant slated for Gladstone is hoped to be in production by the end of 2022. Alpha HPA general manager Rimas Kairaitis said the plant would purify alumina using a method never before used in Australia. The process is based on Australian-owned and developed intellectual property aiming to deliver a product with higher purity at lower cost. “We think it’s very disruptive,” Mr Kairaitis said of the technology’s potential to upset the market’s status quo. Two separate markets will be targeted - sapphire glass used in LED lighting and smart phones and tablets, and a coating for use in lithium-ion batteries found in electric cars. Mr Kairaitis considered the prospects for both as strong and was pleased with the timing of the project as the world moved toward low-carbon technologies. Alpha HPA is doing a feasibility study and the purchase of land at the Gladstone State Development Area is being finalised with the State Government. The company has been testing the refining technology in a pre-feasibility study and at a pilot plant program at a Brisbane lab since March last year. Proximity to mining product manufacturer Orica was a key reason the Gladstone site was considered most attractive.

PLANS: The HPA first project layout from Alpha HPA's investor presentation.

The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the supply of two chemical reagents required by the HPA project, and a by-product of the production process will be returned to Orica. The ASX announcement of the MoU states that the volume and nature of the reagents and byproduct require the project to be “ideally located with two kilometres of the counterparty (Orica), to allow for delivery by pipeline in liquid form”. Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said the existing

facilities and workforce in the city ultimately won it the bid. “Our extensive infrastructure, industrial processing facilities and skilled workforce led Alpha HPA to select a 9.2 hectare site in the Gladstone State Development Area which is owned by the State Government,” he said. “With the Port of Gladstone nearby and exportready, and the proposed site located close to likely suppliers whose by-product will be used to extract the high purity alumina, it’s the ideal

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location.” Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett said the project had the council’s full support. “The potential for high-purity alumina in future industry and manufacturing is obvious and Gladstone’s local industry will be able to work together with Alpha HPA to capitalise on this,” Cr Burnett said. “This is a great example of industry diversification in Gladstone and (the) council is encouraging end users of this product to co-locate near the HPA plant.”

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Living like a local means beach days, fishing and family time ADVERTORIAL: THERE is no shortage of things to see and do in Gladstone and surrounding regions. Gladstone Area Promotion Development Limited and Shell QGC’s Living Like a Local feature celebrates these hidden gems and encourages people to get out and explore what the region has to offer. In this edition it features Gladstone State High School principal Garry Goltz. In this Q and A Garry shares how he likes to live, work and play like a local. Name: Garry Goltz, Gladstone State High School principal

What brought me to the Gladstone region: I arrived in Gladstone in July 1995 to take up a teaching position (PE, Marine Studies and some mathematics) at Gladstone State High School. Apart from a couple of short stints as acting Head of Department at Miriam Vale SS and Moura High, I worked in Gladstone until 2010 when I took up the role of principal at Moura State High School. I returned to Gladstone in July 2014 as principal of Toolooa High and moved across to Gladstone State High School in January 2018. Three attributes to make someone a Gladstone local:

(please pick three) •They have been through at least a couple of the “boom and bust’’ industry and housing cycles •They know what Yachties is •They know who the Fish, Vals, Wals, Roosters and the Beach Chooks are •They have been to the Two Four for a late night snack after a night out. What is it about the Gladstone community that makes you smile? The people and the places. Regardless of the sporting clubs you are associated with or the place that you work or

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the area in which you live, the Gladstone people look after each other and come together to support the community. The Gladstone region also provides access to so much, from beaches to bush tracks, to camping locations, to sporting opportunities, to family facilities, to parks and gardens, to

fishing options … and so much more. I will also add that the quality of the schools in the Gladstone Region is exceptional … especially that big one sitting on the hill on the Dawson Highway, I believe that it is Gladstone State High School! What surprises you most about the region? The choice. You really wouldn’t think that a regional centre could provide so many options. There really is something for everyone. Tell us how you like to spend your down time. Where do you like to go; what

do you like to do? Currently most of the down time of my wife and I involves getting our kids to sport but I do get the chance to get out to Awoonga Dam to take the kids boarding occasionally as well as finding some time to get some fishing in … not a lot of catching but we’re working on it. I am also committed to getting out to watch some more of our local rugby league this year, always good to see “the fish’’ get a win. What is your favourite local, hidden gem that you don’t mind sharing with us? It could be a place or experi-

SUPPORTING OUR REGION LOCALS ARE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS If the local faces here look familiar, then it’s for good reason. You’ve likely bumped into Ray and Lily Pascoe out and about in Gladstone and, if you love adrenalin watersports, they can be found kite surfing at our region’s beaches. The father and daughter duo are among the 250 locals who safety operate and maintain Shell’s QGC liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Curtis Island. Ray is our Production Manager; and Lily is a third-year electrical and instrumentation apprentice, one of 18 locals currently completing apprenticeships or traineeships at our LNG facility. When we say our Shell QGC team work, live and play in Gladstone, this is who we mean. For more information about Shell’s QGC LNG plant on Curtis Island please visit: www.shell.com.au/qgc, or visit our Gladstone office, now located at 173 Goondoon St. RMBE01Z01MA - V1


LOCAL GEMS: (From left) Awoonga Dam is a popular spot for swimming and boating. The view from the top of Mount Larcom. Beach, Arts, Music held at Tannum Sands Millennium Esplanade.

ence that many people would typically overlook or not be aware of. There are a number of places that probably aren’t hidden but I rate highly. •The Oaks camping area on Facing Island – not getting there as much as I used to but simply beautiful. •The Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving Club – wonderful view, friendly staff and great food. •The Marina Parklands – great for a walk, playgrounds for the kids, tables for a bit of lunch or just to look out over the harbour; also a chance that you will see the dolphins in front of East Shores.

•Awoonga Dam – boat or not, beautiful spot for a swim, to hire a kayak or a tinny, or to chase a barra. What’s on your local bucket list? Is there somewhere you’d like to go or something you’d like to do that you haven’t done just yet? • Climb Mount Larcom • Explore and camp with the family on Curtis Island • Take my kids to North West Island • Get my tinny out to Cabbage Patch for a fish. What is your favourite Gladstone ‘hack’? • Putting in a pool costs

about the same as 3000 trips to Tannum Beach … and the view is better at the beach – make the most of what the region has to offer. Can you share some tips for getting involved/out and about? • Pay attention to social media – GAPDL and the Gladstone City Council do a fantastic job promoting events and places in the Gladstone Region. • Make the effort to get to an event and invite a mate – this will encourage you to get there. What’s your advice for

someone who may be new to the area to get to know it better? • Talk to your colleagues, get some recommendations • Get out and have a look around; attend a sporting event, attend a show at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, head along to a festival, check out the museum. Commit to one outing a week or fortnight. What is your fondest memory of living locally? Gladstone is where I started my career, met lifelong friends, met my wife and where I am proud to raise my children. Many, many fond memories.

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TAKE-OFF: The Wagners have built a successful international airport.

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A call out to join CQI PETER LYNCH - KEY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE OPINION: SOME time back I had visited Toowoomba and ventured out to Wellcamp and experienced a great spectacle. An international airport in my old back yard. What a great concept. Having gone to school with the Wagner boys many, many, many years ago I thought I would see if Denis Wagner could come to Rockhampton and share with business people in Rocky how all of this came to fruition. It took around nine months toing and froing on dates, timing etc. but eventually Denis arrived in September 2019. He addressed around 150 people who to this day

advised me of how interesting the session was. It was very valuable timing that Denis could stick around for a couple of hours after to talk to business people. When it was time to drop Denis back to the airport he had asked me how we are going here in Rocky to which I had told him we were slowly getting there. His reply was, “Peter from what I have heard today this place should be humming.” He asked what I thought may be the problem of which my reply was ‘lack of collaboration’. We are in an environment where we have the possibility to be more productive and be a more successful region if we all could work together. He sympathised with me regarding the situation

and advised me he had been up that particular road before. I asked him what he suggested. He said it was a long process but after some time you would succeed. When building an international airport the Wagner’s made a concerted effort to involve the many people within the region. Government departments, councils, business groups, business people and more importantly, the general public. Running an open day for the community explaining their intention created a very successful and well supported event. This action gave these people some ownership of what has now become a very successful

operation. He advised me to surround myself with positive business people, who would then pull along other positive people, to where the situation would be where the purpose of collaboration would create a vacuum type result and next thing you know, all involved would benefit from this process. It will take some time but you will get there, he said. I have now addressed quite a few industry businesses in our region and have so far received a great deal of positive support. I do entice those who are wishing to come on board the positive, progressive train to give me a call and assist us in showcasing our prosperous region for a confident, constructive future.

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In 2019, SMW Group’s support of the PCYC Woorabinda Warriors resulted in three boys’ teams participating at the Queensland Murri Carnival. The Carnival promotes participation, a healthy lifestyle and school attendance, and the attendees had the chance to socialise and make new friends as well as enjoy the games. SMW is now on board and excited to be major sponsors of the fledgling Capras Women’s Rugby League team. As one of only two women’s teams outside of southeast Queensland, Brad Neven, SMW Group’s executive general manager, is confident the team will make its mark in its debut season,

and he’s thrilled SMW Group is in involved. “This team is another opportunity for the community to see SMW Group’s support for women’s sport, employment, inclusion and diversity and giving talented players the chance to make it to the top without having to move away from CQ to chase opportunity,” he said. Mr Trenaman affirmed that “we’re all winners when we get behind our community organisations” – and he puts his money where his mouth is. Running a successful, growing business is important for jobs, growth opportunities and community stability, but for the team at SMW,

people are more than their workday and high-vis. “As a business owner, while you might not be able to coach a team or give your time to a charity event, you can be just as useful as a sponsor. And don’t forget that benefits flow both ways – your company will benefit just as much by donating,” Mr Trenaman said. SMW Group believes in backing the community as much as possible, and as well as many one-off events, they are also long-term supporters of: •The Caves Show •The Rockhampton Jockey Club •Movember and the Cancer Council •Black Dog Ball

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Defence beefs up CQ industry TRAINING SITE OPENS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE REGION DELIVERING hundreds of jobs and $70 million worth of opportunities for Central Queensland businesses, critical upgrades to one of Australia’s most significant military training areas will get underway within months. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry announced a joint venture between Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd and FK Gardner and Sons Pty Ltd (Downer/FKG JV) had been awarded a $125 million contract for the delivery of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) Remediation Project. “The upgrades will enable our soldiers to train more effectively, support new military capabilities and minimise the impact of training activities on the surrounding environment,” Ms Price said. “The project will provide an economic boost to regional Queensland with Downer/FKG JV aiming for 80 per cent of the total subcontractor trade packages to go to businesses in and around the regional centres of Mackay, Gladstone, Emerald and Rockhampton.” Ms Landry said the project’s construction workforce would peak at 220 people, and 59 subcontractor trade packages totalling more than

$70 million would be offered to Central Queensland industry businesses over the life of the project. “Downer/FKG JV has also pledged that at least three per cent of the workforce will be made up of indigenous Australians, with two per cent of the contract price to be subcontracted to indigenous enterprises,” Ms Landry said. “We’re ensuring - through our government’s defence procurement policies - that it is always the local community that benefits from major projects like these.” The project includes an upgraded training facility, field hospital site, campsite and airfield and the remediation of internal roads, creek crossings and a beach landing site. Downer/FKG JV was previously engaged to develop the project’s design. SWBTA is located about 80 kilometres north of Rockhampton and is the Australian Defence Force’s primary training area for the conduct of large-scale, joint-force military training exercises, including Exercise Talisman Sabre. Construction on the project was expected to commence in May of this year and is anticipated to be complete by mid-2022.

FIRE: A High Mobility Artillery Rocket System live fire demonstration took place at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, as part of the lead up to Talisman Sabre 2019. Picture: Allan Reinikka

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Government not listening AGFORCE CEO MICHAEL GUERIN THE widespread rain across Queensland, in particular our parched agricultural regions, has sparked new enthusiasm and optimism across the farming sector. There was never any doubt that Queensland agriculture had a great future. Even during the tough times – and the past few years have been particularly tough – the industry continued to advance and grow. The rains have just made it that much easier to see the bright light at the end of the tunnel – a $30 billion a year industry that will breathe new life into regional Queensland. But there is one problem – engaging the next generation of primary producers, farm hands, agronomists, scientists, truck drivers in the possibilities and equipping them to make them happen. This is an unfortunate consequence of the State Government’s lack of vision on ag education. Over this term of government, the ag education sector has suffered two grievous body blows. Firstly, a program that for 15 years taught primary school kids where their food and fibre came from

and interested them in the exciting careers available in the industry was canned without warning. The Schools to Industry Partnership Program developed by AgForce cost less than $200,000 a year to reach hundreds of thousands of school kids. Around that time, the government also announced that Queensland’s two remaining agricultural colleges would be closed. The Longreach and Emerald colleges had for decades taught practical, agricultural knowledge and skills available nowhere else. Although the government promised to deliver a community-led alternative, 15 months later, nothing has eventuated. It’s not that the government is anti-agriculture – it’s just that they don’t get it. They don’t know how to support the industry and don’t know enough to know that they don’t know. Unfortunately, the government has stopped listening to us so we are starting a conversation with ordinary Queenslanders, and in particular those living in our urban centres, to ensure they understand what the industry needs. Maybe the Government will listen to them. Those would like to take part in this conversation should visit the standupforregqld.com.au website.

The Emerald Ag College closed at the end of 2019.

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CQ is the land of discovery STATE GOVT’S EXPLORATION PROGRAM WILL CREATE JOBS AND SHORE UP EXPORTS FOR DECADES

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for all resources and the development of gas to service the domestic market which drives down electricity prices. Exploration areas include two metallurgical coal areas and 12 petroleum and gas areas with some of the petroleum releases set aside for domesticonly supply. To keep this momentum in job creation going it’s essential that during this election year all sides of Parliament commit to a consultative regulatory process and clear approval guidelines.

Queensland’s neighbours must take a leaf out of Queensland’s book and develop their own onshore gas reserves. New South Wales and Victoria can’t expect Queensland to continue to supply, and subsidise, their own gas users. A proactive exploration program secures tomorrow’s resource industry while supporting jobs and local businesses. The first competitive tender for petroleum and gas is in April and March for the coal areas.

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CENTRAL Queensland is the big winner from the State Government’s 2020 Queensland Exploration Program under which more than

7000 square kilometres of land for coal and gas exploration is up for grabs. Significant parcels of land have been made available in the Bowen Basin near Moranbah and Blackwater and more areas are available further south near Taroom and in the Surat Basin. This release of land for exploration will not only create new jobs for regional Queensland but will secure the state’s exports for decades to come. The Queensland Resources Council has been very supportive of the release of land for exploration

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