Cairns and Far North Queensland Shows and Field Days can apply now for pandemic payment

COVID-19 hit show societies and field day organsiers in Cairns and Far North Queensland can now apply for a one-off payment under the Australian Government’s $39 million Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program. The program provides operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days forced to cancel their scheduled show…

Fire data service funding a boost for Northern Australia land managers

A $729,006 Australian Government investment in Charles Darwin University will ensure the operation of the North Australia and Rangelands Fire Information (NAFI) service for at least another year. Land managers, Indigenous communities, cattle producers and those overseeing savanna fire management projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund access the NAFI’s fire tracking data service. Federal Agriculture,…

Show of support for COVID impacted rural, regional communities

The Australian Government is spending $36 million to support agricultural show societies recover from the effects of COVID-19, ensuring they can continue after the pandemic. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt agricultural shows, with most expected to be cancelled for 2020 in…

Mossman show grounds given funding boost for new facilities

The Mossman and District Show Association will receive $478,700 to renew and reinvigorate their show grounds under the Morrison Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the grant would help make the Mossman show bigger and better than ever. “The annual agricultural show is always a big event, and…

Backing the business case for Lakeland Irrigation Scheme

Work on a business case for the proposed Lakeland Irrigation Scheme will soon begin after the Australian and Queensland Governments signing a formal project agreement. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the scheme would drive further investment and economic activity right across the Lakeland Irrigation area, boosting agriculture, the local economy and regional jobs. “The…

MSF Sugar fails Aussie farmers

Queensland Senator Susan McDonald and Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch say Thai-owned MSF Sugar has failed farmers in the North, after the company confirmed it will send most of the molasses it produces this year to Thailand. The owner of South Johnstone Mill, which also makes molasses from cane supplied to Mulgrave (Gordonvale) and Arriga…

New detector dog for Cairns Airport

JD the biosecurity detector dog has been welcomed to Cairns International Airport to help keep Australia safe from African swine fever (ASF). Queensland Senator Susan McDonald said the new detector dog comes at a time of heightened risk of ASF for Australia. “In Senate Estimates last week I asked why an international airport like Cairns,…