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Dairy 500 project aims to boost Tasmania’s dairy industry.



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Dairy 500 project aims to boost Tasmania’s dairy industry

Thursday, 23 March 2006

The Member for Braddon, Mark Baker MP, will tonight launch a new strategy for the Tasmanian dairy industry aimed at generating hundreds of new jobs and increasing milk production by up to 25 per cent over the next five years.

Mr Baker said that the project, ‘Dairy 500’, was an initiative made possible with Australian Government Regional Partnerships program funding of $143,000.

“The DairyTas Board is using the funds to encourage new entrants to the industry, business migrants and dairy conversions through the development and delivery of an innovative marketing program,” he said.

“Previous activities have focused on lifting productivity and profitability on dairy farms throughout Tasmania. This new phase of activities is assisting to market the industry and encourage investment by developing a marketing program as well as preparing marketing materials including a website.

“The project is also providing vital support through a professional development program for farmers aimed at increasing milk yields in this very important industry.

“Another major strategy is to encourage new industry participants from overseas. It is hoped that the project will result in a quantum leap in the performance and productivity of the Tasmanian dairy industry.”

Mr Baker congratulated the local community for working together to access Regional Partnerships program funding.

"I would particularly like to thank the Tasmanian Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition," he said.

The Regional Partnerships program continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. A total of $360.9 million is available under the Regional Partnerships program from 2005-06 to 2008-09.

Mr Baker said the Regional Partnerships program would deliver benefits to communities well into the future, not only from program funding, but from the

higher levels of economic activity and improved social amenity which the program was generating.

Since its inception in July 2003, the Regional Partnerships program has, on average, attracted a further three dollars from other sources for every dollar invested by the Australian Government.