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Cotton Australia backs govt's development plans
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Jun '15
Cotton Australia has welcomed the Australian Government’s investment commitments and infrastructure-led approach defined in the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

The White Paper is a vision to unlock the great potential and opportunities of the north. It focuses on building priority roads, developing water resources, removing red tape, building a sustainable workforce and enduring effective governance arrangements.

Cotton Australia general manager, Michael Murray, said that investment in water and energy infrastructure, new cotton processing gins and a secure workforce are key to unlocking cotton’s commercial production potential in Northern Australia.

“The White Paper puts the Government and agricultural sectors on a solid footing that enables the cotton industry to capitalise on the opportunities available to our north,” Murray said on Cotton Australia’s website.

“Approximately 40 per cent of Australia’s average annual cotton crop was produced in Queensland in 2013-14 – from the Central Highlands to the Border Rivers – representing more than $850 million dollars in value for the state in export earnings.”

“Government investment in the supply of reliable energy and water sources, and efficient transport and freight links have the potential to incentivise investment in cotton ginning facilities further north of Queensland’s traditional cotton production areas, and right on the doorstep of the world’s textile manufacturing market.”

Murray said that while the industry welcomes the focus on the north, implementation plans should not have any net impacts on other farmers to the south and their profitability. (SH)

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