We continue to see Queensland producers come out in force in opposition to proposed changes by the QLD Government to the vegetation management laws. These changes have the potential to significantly impact the beef industry. This week we welcomed the announcement of a national targeted, independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. AgForce has taken a strong lead on this issue and more information on the impacts of the proposed changes is available on their website.
During March Cattle Council held our quarterly committee and board meetings in Canberra as well as governance training for committee members. In this edition you will find updates from the meetings in each of our key policy areas including Animal, Health and Welfare, Industry Systems and Food Safety, Marketing, Market Access and Trade and Research, Development and Adoption.
As part of these meetings Cattle Council hosted a networking event for committee and board members and we thank 2017 NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Kylie Stretton who addressed the audience on the challenges facing telecommunications in the bush.
Cattle Council committee members are cattle producers who generously volunteer their time to support the future sustainability of the beef industry. Cattle Council would like to thank our committee and board members for their time and hard work last month.
In this newsletter you will also read about Council’s Rural Awareness Tour, updates from Meat and Livestock Australia and the Livestock Biosecurity Network and scholarship opportunities.