(QldGovSpin) Sugar industry champions

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 15/07/2004 - 22:20

The Queensland Government is seeking local sugar industry champions to work with cane farmers and the industry to take up new assistance opportunities.

Primary Industries & Fisheries, Henry Palaszczuk


Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Henry Palaszczuk said the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) was advertising expressions of interest for local champions in all regional papers in sugar production areas to work on a casual, as needs basis, from August this year.

"DPI&F is seeking motivated people with knowledge of, and networks in their local sugar industry, who can work with the DPI&F FutureCane teams. Applications close on 9 August 2004," Mr Palaszczuk said.

"Duties will include promoting FutureCane activities, gathering local information on industry needs, helping to identify opportunities for collaboration between different sectors in the industry (farmers, harvesters, millers, transporters), and organising venues and resources for FutureCane activities."

"Remuneration will be on a casual basis ($38.25/hour) and include reimbursement expenses associated with the position. A mobile phone and a computer (where needed) will be provided, and working from home is desirable," Mr Palaszczuk said.

He said FutureCane was part of the State Government's Change Management Program to assist the sugar industry move towards a sustainable and viable future.

"FutureCane offers cane farmers an opportunity to explore an alternative farming system-a system that increases profit by reducing waste and minimising input costs such as fuel, chemicals and fertiliser. FutureCane can also improve business operations and provide tools to assess options for the future," Mr Palaszczuk said.

DPI&F will be working with the Bureau of Sugar Experimental Stations and industry to deliver the FutureCane program throughout sugar growing areas of the state.

Prospective applications can obtain further information about what is expected of an Industry Champion, and how to apply for a position, please contact Elizabeth Gillard on 1800 063 214 (toll free) or e-mail elizabeth.gillard@dpi.qld.gov.au

For more information:
* Kirby Anderson (Mr Palaszczuk's office)
3239 3004 or 0418 197 350
* Elizabeth Gillard (DPI&F principal policy officer)
3227 7048



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