CHAA project on the big city stage
A CENTRAL Highlands project has achieved national recognition at an awards ceremony in Canberra.
The Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness initiative received a highly commended honour in the Partnerships and Collaboration category of the 2018 Local Government Professionals Australia Federation Awards last week.
CHAA aims to grow, promote and realise agribusiness opportunities in the Central Highlands.
Led by the Central Highlands Development Corporation, CHAA is being delivered in partnership with the Central Highlands Regional Council and with the support and contribution of businesses, industry, research institutions, and governments.
CHDC Board Chair and Mayor Kerry Hayes attended the ceremony with CHDC General Manager Sandra Hobbs and Board Deputy Chair and Councillor Christine Rolfe.
“It was an immense honour to just be a finalist so we were incredibly thrilled and proud to have walked away with this accolade,” Cr Hayes said.
“It’s recognition from our local government peers of CHDC and Council’s determination to take a proactive lead in growing agribusiness in Central Queensland.
“This award also shines a spotlight on our region and will help to raise the profile of our agricultural industries nationally and internationally.”
CHAA is the only agribusiness project from across Australia to have won recognition at the awards. “That speaks to the high-level of professionalism and expertise that’s driving CHAA,” Cr Hayes said.
“Special mention must go to CHAA’s Strategic Advisory Group – the collective skills, talent and determination of its members has ensured the initiative has been productive from the get-go in delivering outcomes.”
The trio had productive meetings with the Cattle Council of Australia and the National Farmers Federation. “Arranging meetings has been challenging because it coincided with uncertainty with the Federal Government’s leadership.”