GOVT AIMS TO GROW SEC­TOR

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE State Govern­ment is pro­gress­ing with a Queens­land Com­pe­ti­tion Author­ity study look­ing at how it can make the state’s aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try more com­pet­i­tive.

The in­dus­try has been iden­ti­fied as a po­ten­tial growth sec­tor for Queens­land.

Aus­tralian Prawn Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer He­len Jenk­ins said her mem­bers were heart­ened and hope­ful about the QCA study’s out­come.

“Ten years ago the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion said aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion was sub­ject to an un­nec­es­sar­ily com­plex ar­ray of leg­is­la­tion and agencies and since then the prob­lem have only got­ten worse,” she said.

There have been no ma­jor aqua­cul­ture de­vel­op­ments in Queens­land for more than 10 years, at a time when the sec­tor was show­ing sig­nif­i­cant growth in the rest of Aus­tralia.

A draft re­port will be re­leased for pub­lic com­ment in May, with the fi­nal re­port set to be pro­vided to govern­ment in Septem­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Queens­land Com­pe­ti­tion Author­ity study, go to www.qca.org.au or email aqua­cul­ture@qca.org.au.

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