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Truss urges participation in sugar Regional Guidance Groups.

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Truss urges participation in sugar Regional Guidance Groups

Federal Agriculture Minister Warren Truss has invited interested people to apply for membership of sugar industry Regional Guidance Groups.

"The Federal and Queensland Governments are establishing Regional Guidance Groups in all of the State's six sugar-producing regions, to develop business plans for a sustainable future for each regions' sugar industry," said Mr Truss.

"The Groups' membership will include a diverse range of local sugar industry, business and community representatives," he added.

"They will be responsible for identifying the key challenges facing the sugar industry and the most appropriate solutions that reflect the unique circumstances of each region.

"Importantly, the Groups will also examine all options for ensuring a sound future for local industry participants, particularly in areas such as diversification, innovation and alternative practices.

"The Regional Guidance Groups, working with the Commonwealth's overarching Industry Guidance Group, will also have a significant role to play advising the Federal Government on applications for regional projects assistance."

Mr Truss announced that he and Queensland Minister for State Development Tom Barton would consider all applications for membership of the Regional Guidance Groups.

"Both Governments are determined to put in place an effective framework for undertaking necessary reform, working closely with the industry and other affected stakeholders," he said.

Mr Truss said the Regional Guidance Groups were an important component of the comprehensive Sugar Industry Reform Program.

"The Federal Government has introduced a range of measures and will provide up to $120 million to address both the immediate and long term needs of the sugar industry," he said.

"Available assistance measures, such as income support and replanting subsidies, will be vital in stabilising the industry and positioning growers to better face the challenges that lie ahead."

(Advertisements for Regional Guidance Group membership appeared in regional newspapers on 16 November, with applications closing on 29 November 29. Applications can also be obtained at or or by calling 1800 063 214.)

Further media inquiries: Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead (02) 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433   

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