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Re: Opposition calls for abattoir infrastructure investment
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012, 03:11:28 PM »
Our recollection of the enquiries into the live export trade last year is that the Government listened almost ONLY to the whining producers and exporters.

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Opposition calls for abattoir infrastructure investment
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012, 03:09:52 PM »
The Federal Opposition is calling on the Government to support public infrastructure funding for the proposed abattoir in Darwin.

While the NT Government has committed $9 million in-kind to the project, the Australian Agricultural Company is waiting for the Federal Government to accept or reject its application for additional investment in roads and shipping.

Shadow parliamentary secretary for northern Australia Senator Ian MacDonald says it should be an easy funding decision to help develop the northern cattle industry.

"I'm concerned that they haven't had any word back from the Government," he says.

"When it comes to the motor industry in Melbourne and Adelaide [the Government] can make a decision in a matter of weeks."

"One would have thought that by now they would have at least been able to talk to AAco on what was needed, where it could be spent and how it would all operate."

"I'm disappointed that when it comes to the north, the Government seems to close its ears and that is unforgivable."

'[The abattoir] would help, not just the industry in that part of the Northern Territory, but right across northern Australia the beef cattle industry benefits."

A spokesperson for infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese has provided the following statement to the Country Hour:

"The Federal Department of Infrastructure met with David Farley, Chief Executive of AACo, and NT officials yesterday to discuss their proposal.

"We have provided $638 million to the NT Government over six years to 2013-14 for road projects agreed between the two governments.

"If the NT wants to reprioritise this funding for other projects, then they should make a submission to the Federal Government. This has not occurred to date.

By Carl Curtain

Thursday, 05/04/2012


http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201204/s3471947.htm