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Cattle Council welcomes Northern roads announcement

24 October 2016

CATTLE Council of Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s funding announcement to help develop roads in Northern Australia.

Cattle Council chief executive officer Jed Matz said the news was a win for producers in the northern and remote regions of the country.

“Many producers in Northern Australia are forced to use sub-standard road networks to get to their nearest town or transport livestock," Mr Matz said.

Cattle Council have repeatedly called for increased investment in road infrastructure and believe the latest investment announcement by the Government will help the industry be more competitive.

“Inadequate road systems cause delays for producers and can cause stress on livestock.”

“Transport inefficiencies can cost producers up to 40 per cent of the price received," Mr Matz said.

“Upgraded roads will alleviate the cost burden on producers caused by second-rate road infrastructure and benefit the whole supply chain."

Producers across the northern parts of Australia are required to transport cattle for long distances to access processing plants or export facilities, impacting on their profitability.

The Government made the announcement earlier today with road projects being rolled out across Northern Australia including:
  •     $30 million will be invested in the Northern Territory as part of the Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme
  •     $56 million will be invested in key beef roads in Queensland as part of the Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme
  •     $12.51 million will be invested in Western Australia as part of the Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme
  •     $32 million is being invested in Northern Territory as part of the Northern Australia Roads Programme.
  •     More than $80 million is being invested in Queensland as part of the Northern Australia Roads Programme.
  •     More than $175 million is being invested in Western Australia as part of the Northern Australia Roads Programme.
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For further details contact Caitlin Boucher on commsmanager@cattlecouncil.com.au | 0405 567 991 | (02) 6269 5600


  

 

 

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