Marino supports South West ag in Budget

Member for Forrest Nola Marino welcomed the $224 million investment for agriculture in the Budget, and said it would help grow our agricultural exports and jobs and support economic growth, underpinned by strong biosecurity.

“Trade is key to our farmer’s future and our nation’s future, and the government is delivering better access to global markets and jobs to the South West,” Mrs Marino said.

“We have committed $51.3 million to grow agricultural exports, including funding an extra six Agricultural Counsellors in key markets and to support improving technical market access.

“This will ensure we capture the gains from new free trade agreements like the TPP-11, the Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

“The Turnbull Government is delivering a $121.6 million boost to the biosecurity system, to support our trade push and protect our clean, green pest and disease status.

“This will help us to detect, identify and respond to exotic pests and diseases earlier.

“We are investing a further $6.6 million to continue the fight against established pests and weeds to help limit their impact on our land, produce and industries.

“We’re also growing employment opportunities in regional and rural Australia through $20 million to support implementation of the National Forestry Industry Plan.

“It is focused on growing our industry, including expanding the renewable timber and wood fibre industries to take advantage of global demand for timber products.

“Our significant investments through the 2018-19 Budget to support the agricultural sector are part of the government’s vision for a more profitable, competitive, resilient and sustainable sector.

“To support the growth of our agricultural export markets and a sustainable national budget some services will be cost recovered and the government will consult with industry on the appropriate approach.”