MEDIA RELEASE: LABOR BEEFS UP RESEARCH AND JOBS  - TUESDAY, 16 APRIL 2019

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS
MEMBER FOR HUNTER 

RUSSELL ROBERTSON 
CANDIDATE FOR CAPRICORNIA
  
LABOR BEEFS UP RESEARCH AND JOBS   

A Shorten Labor Government will beef up local jobs and industry by investing in the Central Queensland Livestock Centre of Excellence and backing Beef Australia 2021.
 
Labor will invest $1.5 million to complete critical infrastructure and upgrades so the Centre of Excellence can expand its work – growing the beef industry and training the next generation workforce.
 
The upgrade will boost research and benefit students from CQUniversity and the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges. It will include the installation of industry-leading computing and sensor hardware to support cutting edge animal and environmental monitoring at Belmont Station.
 
It will also deliver new stock yards, as well as modern animal measurement and husbandry equipment.
 
The project is expected to directly generate 10 construction and five permanent jobs, as well as many more through research and a skilled workforce.
 
A Shorten Labor Government will also provide certainty to the Beef Australia 2021 event by committing $3.9 million.
 
This will ensure Rockhampton secures its ongoing position in the international livestock events calendar and that local innovation is showcased to the world.
 
“Labor will cement Rockhampton as Australia’s beef capital,” Joel Fitzgibbon said.
 
“This meaty investment will support the growth of local industry and livestock jobs.”
 
“Our livestock industries are what Rockhampton is renowned for and Labor is backing local industry,” Russel Robertson said.
 
“Labor will boost jobs and research at the world class Central Queensland Livestock Centre of Excellence and attract increased interest to Beef Australia 2021 from around the country and across the world.
 
“The economic benefit of Beef Australia cannot be understated – it attracts over 100,000 people to the Rockhampton region.
 
“The last Beef Australia attracted over 1,000 international delegates from 40 countries, who experienced the region’s hospitality and the best of Australia’s beef.”
 
Labor has a strong record of supporting Beef Australia and our livestock industries.
A Shorten Labor government will continue to invest in jobs, research, training, and the future of the livestock industry.  
 
TUESDAY, 16 APRIL 2019