Cattle Council calls on government to deliver on funding commitment
19 July 2016
Cattle Council of Australia has welcomed the new Federal Cabinet but has urged the government to deliver on its leadership funding election commitments.
In June the Coalition announced new funding measures for agriculture including $5 million for the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.
Cattle Council chief executive officer Jed Matz said Council had called for a funding commitment to help establish a directly elected producer organisation, underpinned by a sustainable funding model.
“Since 2013, the Council has been pushing towards structural change to adequately deliver the advocacy, policy and strategic services the grass fed industry needs,’’ Mr Matz said.
“The commitment of the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund is a step in the right direction in empowering agriculture.
“Cattle Council congratulate the government on its re-election but we urge the government not to forget its commitment to the agriculture and in particular the beef industry.”
The organisation Cattle Council seeks to establish would combine policy development and advocacy, and be led by a board directly elected by cattle levy payers.
Mr Matz said the new model would provide grass-fed producers with more control over the $64 million they pay annually through the compulsory levy.
“The key for the new organisation is the development of a sustainable funding model which would allow the organisation to focus on delivering the best outcomes for grass-fed producers, instead of being impeded by funding concerns.”
“We believe the future of agriculture should be foremost on the governments agenda, and we hope to see further details on the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund soon,” Mr Matz said.