Sup­port­ing lo­cal dairy pro­duc­ers

Queens­lan­ders get be­hind the plight of their milk pro­duc­ers by only sell­ing branded milk

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree Erica.Mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

BIGGEN­DEN Food & Fuel is sup­port­ing dairy farm­ers by only stock­ing Pauls branded milk, but at a cost to the busi­ness.

Own­ers Brett and Bon­nie Scov­ell have halved their profit mar­gin in sup­port of what they be­lieve in.

Mr Scov­ell didn’t re­alise what was hap­pen­ing within the dairy in­dus­try un­til he read the me­dia sto­ries.

“This is not the only in­ci­dence of how ma­jor com­peti­tors af­fect prof­itabil­ity of lo­cal mar­kets,” he said.

“Dairy farm­ers are not the only ones com­mit­ting sui­cide or go­ing bank­rupt.”

Mr Scov­ell said Aus­tralian and in­de­pen­dently owned mum and dad busi­nesses were be­com­ing ex­tinct.

“If we were an­i­mals we would be on the en­dan­gered list while govern­ment as­sis­tance would be put in place to en­sure our sur­vival,” he said.

“How­ever with ris­ing costs and com­pet­ing against Coles and Wool­worths, our fu­ture is bleak.”

Mr Scov­ell said for Biggen­den as a town to be­come fi­nan­cially bet­ter off, res­i­dents must sup­port their lo­cal busi­nesses as they sup­port them.

“By buy­ing lo­cal, in this case milk and not generic brands, we sup­port a dairy farmer like Rob­bie,” he said.

“In turn he makes a profit, maybe the first for a long time. This profit is then spent lo­cally, which cre­ates a flow-on ef­fect to em­ploy­ment and other busi­nesses.

“Think twice, do what’s right, in­vest in your town and we will grow as a whole.”

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

SUP­PORT­ING DAIRY FARM­ERS: Biggen­den Food and Fuel's Brett Scov­ell is now only stock­ing his fridge with Pauls branded milk.

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