AgForce roadshow sweeps through Wide Bay region

AG MEETING: David Woowich of Tansey and re-elected branch president Erin Lawless of Booubyjan talked with newly elected Agforce state president Ian Burnett.
AG MEETING: David Woowich of Tansey and re-elected branch president Erin Lawless of Booubyjan talked with newly elected Agforce state president Ian Burnett. Contributed

A VISIT by Agforce president elect Ian Burnett to the Kilkivan/Cooloola Agforce branch's annual general meeting gave members the opportunity to talk with the incoming president.

Mr Burnett accompanied the Agforce Roadshow as it swept through branches in the Burnett.

The roadshow dealt with Agforce projects - from weeds, pests, water and farm safety to feral animals and transport.

It included an export update from Meat and Livestock Australia.

Mr Burnett thanked office bearers for their time and effort at the branch level, which he said was so valuable to Agforce's continued operation.

He mentioned discussion that had taken place with Queensland's new LNP Government.

"We have done a lot of talking, but really want to see some relevant action in the new year," Mr Burnett said.

"The Government has seemed receptive to the points we have made but we do need to see action."

Mr Burnett said the Newman Government had talked a lot about doubling the state's agricultural production and he said it was time for action and results.

Agforce state councillor and a member of the wild dog study group Ivan Naggs detailed problems the wild dogs were causing in the grazing areas.

"The latest idea, of national wildlife corridors - put forward by the Federal Government - will just create 'super highways' for dogs to move along," he said.

"Unfortunately, decision makers are not out at the coal face of an already serious wild dog situation, and one that can only get worse unless co-ordinated action is taken."

Regional Agforce officer Sarah Due made members aware of a new weed that had the potential to become a serious invasive species.

Known as Tropical Soda Apple, she said isolated infestations had been found in Queensland.

It was a member of the solanum family and had some "lookalike" non-native species. Ms Due advised to lookout for a different solanum and if in doubt, get it identified.

Topics:  agforce, beef, industry, livestock, meat and livestock australia



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