Pro­duc­ers look­ing to for­eign mar­ket

Well­camp Air­port dis­cus­sions could open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for North Bur­nett pro­duc­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Kate Dar­vall kate.dar­vall@south­bur­nett­

NORTH Bur­nett’s en­try into the Asian mar­ket has been fast-tracked.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Don Waugh said a re­cent meet­ing for Well­camp Air­port had lo­cal pro­duc­ers get their foot in the door.

“It’s great to have peo­ple in the in­dus­try pre­pared to take a step for­ward,” he said.

NORTH Bur­nett could pave the way for­ward with a boom in ex­ports to Asia.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Don Waugh met with Toowoomba Su­rat Basin En­ter­prise Group CEO Shane Charles to de­velop plans for Well­camp Air­port.

Cr Waugh said the meet­ing put North Bur­nett pro­duc­ers on the map.

“One blue­berry pro­ducer in Mun­dub­bera had a good yarn to Shane and was keen to be in­volved,” he said.

“It’s great to have peo­ple in the in­dus­try pre­pared to take a step for­ward.

“From that area alone, it was well worth the dis­cus­sion.”

Although it was still in be­gin­ning stages, CrWaugh said plans were in place for a group from China to fly to the North Bur­nett to meet with pro­duc­ers.

“It all de­pends on the sea­sons, and what op­por­tu­ni­ties there are for pro­cess­ing the crops and get­ting them to Well­camp,” CrWaugh said.

“It also de­pends on the mar­ket and the money of­fered.

“We’re look­ing at prob­a­bly six to 12 months maybe, but at the same time it could be sooner.

CrWaugh said ru­ral in­dus­tries had suf­fered and it was time low costs and low re­turns took a turn for the bet­ter.

“Farm­ers know what we’re up against, but they know they can pro­duce the right prod­uct,” he said.

He said qual­ity of pro­duce in the North Bur­nett was first class and it was time lo­cal pro­duc­ers were recog­nised.

“Th­ese are the peo­ple who pro­duce our food and do such a great job of pro­duc­ing high qual­ity,” he said.

“We’re not pay­ing enough recog­ni­tion or at­ten­tion to their prod­uct.

“It’s very im­por­tant this project goes ahead.”

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