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Regional exports create jobs for the Mid North Coast.

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Media release

Australian Minister for Trade, Mark Vaile

Thursday, 22 February 2001

Regional Exports Create Jobs for the Mid North Coast

Trade Minister Mark Vaile today told a gathering of Mid North Coast exporters and businesses there was no better time to start exporting than now.

Launching the Mid North Coast NSW: Exporting to the World brochure in Boambee near Coffs Harbour, Mr Vaile said one in four jobs in regional Australia depended on exports.

"This brochure is a Coalition Government initiative to create better understanding of how exports benefit rural and regional Australia, and how businesses in rural areas are rising to the challenge of competing overseas,” Mr Vaile said.

“As exports account for around one in five jobs in Australia overall, the higher proportion for regional areas shows the important role exports play in the economy of regional areas.

“Although regional Australia accounts for one third of the nation’s workforce, it generates more than half of our exports."

Exports from the Mid North Coast are as diverse as hats, beef, wine, boats and heavy engineering.  The brochure profiles a number of local exporters to illustrate the wide range of industries in which regional firms have succeeded in winning export markets. 

“By adding value to rural products from the surrounding district, these businesses make an important contribution to local economies and the creation and maintenance of jobs in the region,” Mr Vaile said. 

“Blueberry Farms of Australia based in Corindi, the largest producer of blueberries in the southern hemisphere, exports to Asia and Europe and is one of the region’s largest employers.  Wingham Beef Exports, which is expanding with its growing overseas sales to Europe and Asia ($140 million last year), should benefit from Australia’s win in its case against Korea in the WTO. 

“Schefenacker Lighting Systems in Taree has been an enthusiastic and successful exporter, achieving sales to large multinational automotive manufacturers.  Likewise, Stebercraft with its world class commercial, leisure and military boats has reached into challenging markets such as Japan, New Zealand and PNG.”

Mr Vaile said W.E.Smithhad a solid reputation in its export markets with some 40 per cent of its production destined for export, mostly to competitive Asian markets. Akubra in Kempsey, already a national icon, is now exporting hats to Europe, North America and the Middle East. 

The Mid North Coast NSW brochure is one in a series covering 32 regions across Australia, published by

the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Contact: James Baker (Ministerial) 02 6277 7420 mobile 0418 273 475 Nicole Guihot (Departmental) 02 6261 1555


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