The classic Aussie BBQ could meat its match
FEARS are growing the iconic Aussie barbecue is at risk because of high beef prices dragging on household budgets.
Australia’s beef cattle herd is now at a 20-year low, which is contributing to higher prices at the checkout.
Parap couple Kim Hayes-Kersten and Jarred Kersten try to have a barbie at least once a fortnight, but say the high cost of red meat is impacting their weekly budget.
“We rarely have red meat – we eat a lot more chicken,” Mrs Hayes-Kersten said.
The price of mince has doubled in the past two years to more than $10kg and in June eye-fillet steaks were averaging more than $50kg.
Cheaper cuts, like beef cheeks and shanks have also increased. Mrs Hayes-Kersten, who does most of her family’s shopping, has noticed the price jump.
Senator Matt Canavan said he wanted to help mums and dads keep Aussie steak on the menu at home and on the Webber. Senator Canavan said one of the best ways to help families reduce the grocery bill was to help farmers.
“That’s why we want to develop the north and build more dams,’’ Senator Canavan said.
“We need to save the Aussie BBQ. This is a real BBQ stopper.”
Andrew Hayes, Penny Hayes, Kim Hayes-Kersten and Jarred Kersten cook up a feed at Nightcliff foreshore