Bunbury it’s your time to think big about Australian agriculture

Residents are invited to make an appointment to have their say on the future of Australia’s agriculture sector when a government taskforce is in town on Monday March 17.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce was coming to Bunbury and called on people to get involved.

“If you have a vision for agriculture and how it can be made more competitive, then I urge you to meet with the taskforce,” Mrs Marino said.

Total agricultural production in the South West for 2010-11 was $613.3 million. Major contributors to agricultural production are milk ($137.4m), vegetables ($126.2m) and cattle ($94.5m).

“Agriculture has been consistently worth more than $600 million a year to our region,” Mrs Marino said.

The taskforce has been visiting towns and regional centres to meet with local farmers and industry representatives as part of their consultation on the issues paper.

Mrs Marino said building on our strengths in agriculture is part of the Australian Government’s plan to generate jobs and deliver a stronger, more diverse economy.

To make an appointment phone the taskforce on 02 6271 6272 or email agricultural.competitiveness@pmc.gov.au.

If you are unable to make a one-on-one appointment you can still make a submission at www.agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au.

Submissions are due by 5pm, 17 April 2014.