In­dus­try vows to work with new ag min­is­ter

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL -

PRIME Min­is­ter Scott Morrison has un­vielled his new-look cab­i­net, and Na­tion­als Deputy Leader and Vic­to­rian Sen­a­tor Bridget Mcken­zie has taken on the role of Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter.

Peak body for Queens­land hor­ti­cul­ture, Grow­com, con­grat­u­lated Sen­a­tor Mcken­zie on her ap­point­ment.

Grow­com CEO David Thom­son said the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try would be de­lighted to work with Sen­a­tor Mcken­zie, who has a strong record of de­liv­er­ing for re­gional and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“Grow­com will con­tinue to work to­gether with Sen­a­tor Mcken­zie for the growth and prof­itabil­ity of the $3 bil­lion Queens­land hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try and are con­fi­dent her ex­pe­ri­ence will trans­late into pos­i­tive de­ci­sions for the in­dus­try,” Mr Thom­son said.

“Pri­mary pro­duc­ers have high ex­pec­ta­tions of this govern­ment and we im­plore Sen­a­tor Mcken­zie to work with her Cab­i­net col­leagues to re­solve our most press­ing is­sues, such as se­cur­ing wa­ter ac­cess for pri­mary pro­duc­tion, en­sur­ing our in­dus­try has a skilled work­force to tap into, low­er­ing energy prices, and ex­pand­ing our mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties over­seas.”

Grow­com also con­grat­u­lated the for­mer min­is­ter, David Lit­tleproud, on his new ap­point­ment.

Mr Lit­tleproud will re­tain the Wa­ter Re­sources port­fo­lio and will as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for Drought, Ru­ral Fi­nance, Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter and Emer­gency Man­age­ment.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW ROLE: Na­tion­als sen­a­tor Bridget Mcken­zie has taken on the role of Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture.

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