North Queensland growers attending the Burdekin Export Forum on Friday, 4 May 2018 have been encouraged to explore opportunities to export their locally grown produce into international markets.
The Forum, held at Burdekin Theatre in Ayr, brought farmers and horticultural producers from across the North together to learn more about doing business internationally.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Burdekin and North Queensland region was well positioned to help meet the global demand for imported food.
“Our farmers here in the North produce some of the best crops and some of the tastiest produce in the world,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Knowing this, Council is very keen to work with our local growers to explore exporting opportunities to support diversification of the local agriculture and horticulture industries.”
Growers heard from knowledgeable speakers from across government, transport, business and agriculture.
Regional Director of Enterprise Singapore, Timothy Chua, highlighted Singapore’s strategic position as a gateway to Asia.
“The audience heard ASEAN is expected to see food demand grow by as much as 40 per cent by 2050 and how Australian products could find their way through Asia from Singapore, which is extremely well connected by both air and sea,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Export Council of Australia Chair Dianne Tipping told the audience Australia, with a population of 24 million, produces enough food to feed 60 million people. The Export Council has been working to build the capacity of small and medium sized farming enterprises to export internationally and can assist our local farm businesses with information, mentoring, promotions and more.”
Cr McLaughlin said growers had walked away with the latest information on emerging markets, international opportunities and supply chains.
“The forum provided growers with information needed to commence the journey to being export ready,” she said.
Please find below the program and a list of presentations from the seminar.
- Burdekin Export Forum Program 2018 - (pdf 537.54 kB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Richard Watson - (pdf 446.86 kB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Peter Leach - (pdf 1.06 MB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Bronwyn Ford & Clinton McGrath - (pdf 667.75 kB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Timothy Chua - (pdf 1.6 MB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Dianne Tipping - (pdf 292.35 kB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Maria James - (pdf 5.68 MB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Marie Piccone - (pdf 515.44 kB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Bruce and Helen Hill - (pdf 1.92 MB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - ANL Shipping - (pdf 1.86 MB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Mariana Express - (pdf 581.48 kB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Michael McMillan - (pdf 410.4 kB)
- Burdekin Export Forum - Michael Rogers - (pdf 335.53 kB)
For more information contact Council’s Economic Development Team (Eliza Lovell or Lucy Poppi) via email:or phone (07) 4783 9800.
2018 Burdekin Export Forum Program
|Time||Topic and Speakers|
|8.00am-8.30am||REGISTRATION / TEA & COFFEE|
|Cr. Lyn McLaughlin, Mayor – Burdekin Shire Council|
|Trade Investment Queensland|
|9.15am-9.45am||THE OPPORTUNITIES AND PITFALLS OF EXPORTING HORTICULTURAL CROPS|
|Peter Leach, Market Access Team Leader – Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries|
|Bronwyn Ford, Agribusiness Development Officer – Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries|
|Clinton McGrath, Horticulture Extension Officer – Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries|
|9.45am-10.10am||SINGAPORE: YOUR GATEWAY TO ASIA|
|Timothy Chua – International Enterprise Singapore|
|10.40am-11.10am||ARE YOU EXPORT READY? EXPORT READY WORKSHOPS|
|Dianne Tipping, Chair – Export Council of Australia|
|11.10am-11.30am||TRADE IN NORTH QUEENSLAND: A SNAPSHOT|
|Maria James, Manager Trade Development – Port of Townsville|
|11.30am-11.50am||CASE STUDY: THEIR JOURNEY TO EXPORT|
|Marie Piccone, Local Grower (Exporter) – Manbulloo|
|11.50am-12.10pm||CASE STUDY: THEIR JOURNEY TO EXPORT|
|Bruce & Helen Hill, Local Grower (Exporter) – Achacha Fruit Plantation|
|12.10pm-12.30pm||CASE STUDY: THEIR JOURNEY TO EXPORT|
|Kees Versteeg, Sales and Marketing Manager – Qualipac|
|12.30pm-1.00pm||PANEL/Q & A SESSION WITH GROWERS|
|Vic O’Keefe, Trade Advisor – Trade Investment Queensland|
|2.00pm-2.20pm||OVERVIEW OF SERVICES: ANL SHIPPING|
|David Goss and Andrew Gray, ANL Container Line – ANL Shipping|
|Alex Hawhorne, ANL Container Hire and Sales – ANL Shipping|
|Fabio Lomonico, ANL Logistics – ANL Shipping|
|2.20pm-2.40pm||OVERVIEW OF SERVICES: MARIANA EXPRESS LINES|
|Wayne Smith, Line Manager – Mariana Express Lines|
|2.40pm-3.00pm||NQ AGRICULTURAL MARKET AND SUPPLY CHAIN STUDY|
|Michael McMillan, Director of Policy and Investment – Townsville Enterprise|
|3.00pm-3.20pm||HORTICULTURE EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES|
|Michael Rogers, General Manager Trade – Horticulture Innovation|
*This program is subject to change