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TAS Country : June 14th 2012
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 15, 2012 Producers back bid for beefier body BEEF producers want greater control over levies and a stronger representa- tive body, according to feedback from forums and surveys done by the Cattle Council of Australia. The forums and surveys are part of the council's program to develop a strategic industry plan and a better-resourced rep- resentative group. Last week, the council finished a seven-week online forum and survey. Council deputy director Jed Matz said a final report would be completed by the end of next month. The council launched a series of proposals four months ago. These include the need to develop an industry plan and a more representative body -- where producers of grass-fed beef would have the option of direct mem- bership in the council without belonging to one of the council's state affili- ates. However, the most con- tentious proposal was that the representative body have access to funds from the compulsory marketing levy paid to Meat and Livestock Australia. Mr Matz said while there were negative re- sponses from those op- posed to the existence of the Cattle Council and/or Meat and Livestock Aust- ralia, there was no major opposition to accessing levy funding. Mr Matz said the council had attempted to give every producer an oppor- tunity to express their views through a series of workshops in each state. Industry forums in- cluded the recent Beef Expo in Rockhampton and online facilities. He said about 1700 pro- ducers had registered online to make comments or to participate in the survey, backed up by an extensive telephone survey of 675 producers. ''One thing that came from the surveys is that producers listed market ac- cess, particularly in live exports, as their main pri- ority,'' Mr Matz said. The council's priorities were to draw up a strategic plan and develop rec- ommendations for a better resourced industry rep- resentative body. It would then be in a position to discuss access- ing a portion of the levy. Weekly Times Connecting Australia to a better future National Broadband Network Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra "The Internet in rural and regional areas has been patchy at best. But the National Broadband Network means it's now consistent, stable, and really fast. Before it took ages to back up my files. Now it's so much quicker...All we have to do is train the NBN to clean my house and take my kids to school, and my life would be sorted." - Seren Trump, Small Home-Based Business Owner Facts and benefits: The NBN will deliver access to high-speed, reliable broadband to all of Australia. The NBN rollout is underway, prioritising regional Australia. The NBN will include a range of technologies: optic fibre, fixed wireless and next-generation satellite services. Connecting to the NBN is simple. To learn more about the National Broadband Network, visit australia.gov.au/nbn or call 1800 023 076 Advertisement The National Broadband Network makes business in regional areas truly competitive News Your Say Bus seat belt program I WOULD like to encour- age local companies with contracts for school bus runs to take advantage of a rare positive federal government program for regional Australia. The Seat Belts for Kids program provides eligible operators with up to $25,000 for every bus to help cover the cost of in- stalling seat belts. Seat belts save lives, par- ticularly on substandard country roads, and what life is more important than that of a child? Over the past four years, only 280 school buses have been fitted out under the program, largely because it appears the Government has failed to promote the initiative in the regions. For more information, go to www.infrastruc- ture.gov.au/roads/safety/ seatbeltsforkids or contact my electorate office on (02) 6382 3400. Fiona Nash Deputy Nationals Senate Leader Keep up farmers' fight IT was interesting to read the article by TFGA chief executive Jan Davis (A victory sprayed with sense, Tasmanian Country, June 8) which, to say the least, was very informative. Apart from emphasising the need for consistency of government regulations, it was evident from her can- did comments that without the continued efforts of both herself and her associ- ation farmers would be greatly disadvantaged. I enjoy reading her weekly contribution im- mensely and commend her on her forthright opinions. Keep up the good work. John Boyd Launceston Have your say SEND your letters to the editor, Tasmanian Country,93 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org We reserve the right to condense letters unless they are marked ''use in full or not at all''. Preference will be given to letters of less than 150 words.
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