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Bundaberg forum to focus on the future of agriculture

New trends in energy and telecommunications and what new biosecurity and vegetation management laws will mean for primary producers will be the focus of an AgForce forum in Bundaberg.

AgForce South-East Queensland regional president Neville Galloway said registrations were now open for the ‘Preparing for the Future with Ag’ forum at the Brothers Sports Club on Thursday 11th August 2016.

“This forum is designed to help primary producers from right throughout south-east Queensland prepare for future challenges and opportunities in key areas that affect their businesses, such as telecommunications, energy and transport,” he said.

“Having access to fast, reliable and affordable mobile phone and internet services is one of the biggest issues in the bush, so we are pleased that representatives from Telstra and NBN Co will take part in a telecommunications session at the forum.

“New biosecurity laws and changes to how endemic animal and plant pest disease risks are now managed will be another hot topic, and we are delighted Agriculture Minister and local MP Leanne Donaldson, and Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Allison Crook, will be available to talk to producers.”

Mr Galloway said proposed new vegetation management laws and changes to the Native Conservation Act would also be on the agenda, with Shadow Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps and Tom Marland from Marland Law taking part in that session.

“It’s going to be a busy day with lots of interesting discussions aimed at getting primary producers looking at challenges they face and ideas that can help them take their business forward,” he said.

The AgForce ‘Preparing for the Future with Ag’ forum kicks off on Wednesday 10 August with a tour of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and a dinner with Tim Gentle from Think Digital talking about new trends in the digital world.

On Thursday 11 August, the forum will be officially opened by Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey at 8.15am with sessions following on energy, the environment, biosecurity, transport and telecommunications, closing at 4pm.

Attendance of the forum and industry tour is free for AgForce members, while the cost for non-members is $70 for the forum and $30 for the industry tour.

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