NQLIRA CEO Shane Stone and Agency staff spent a few busy days in Townsville in late October and early November.
The visit included a meeting of the Agency’s Advisory Board, which also met with senior representatives from JBS Australia, the nation’s largest meat processing company and a key stakeholder in North Queensland’s cattle industry.
The JBS meeting dealt with some of the main issues faced by producers and processors, as well as opportunities to improve productivity and competitiveness across the supply chain.
The Agency also hosted its second roundtable with charities that continue to help North Queensland families and communities get back on their feet following the January floods.
Representatives from the Australian Red Cross, Vinnies Australia, Rural Aid, QCWA, GIVIT - Goods For Good Causes and Sisters of the North reported on their efforts and the ways they’ve worked together since the first roundtable in Mount Isa in June.
They also shared ideas for how government and charities can work together to provide support and bolster community strength and resilience across the region.
As part of their Townsville trip, CEO and Advisory Board Chairman Shane Stone and fellow Board member David Galvin paid a visit to the new Reid River Export Yard between Charters Towers and Townsville. The new yard serves as a holding facility for the accumulation and preparation of cattle for live export and has capacity for up to 15,000 feeder cattle. NQLIRA wishes to thank Reid River manager Paul Heil for giving the Agency a tour and sharing his knowledge and ideas with us.
Regional visits such as the Townsville trip are an important part of NQLIRA’s work. They allow Agency staff to deal directly with the community, small business, industry and other non-government organisations in support of developing a longer term strategy for the region.