Producers looking to foreign market
Wellcamp Airport discussions could open up opportunities for North Burnett producers
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.”