CHAA project on the big city stage

Central and North Rural Weekly - - GMOS AND FOOD SAFETY -

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.”

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