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Home | Media Releases DAFF06/40PM - 18 April 2006

A commercially successful and self-reliant sugar industry

A strategic vision for the future of Australia’s sugar industry outlining recommendations for industry reform and restructuring was announced today.

Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Peter McGauran welcomed the Sugar Industry Oversight Group’s (IOG) vision saying it is a key component of the Government's Sugar Industry Reform Programme 2004.

“The IOG’s strategic vision will drive the long-term viability and sustainability of growers, millers and other industry members, and help maintain sugar’s contribution to regional communities and the national economy,” he said.

“It takes into account the regional plans developed by local industry through the Regional Advisory Groups.

“The IOG’s vision for the industry is a commercially sustainable and self-reliant raw sugar and sugarcane derived products industry through:

z committed cane growers and millers being responsive to international and

domestic market forces, and z operating in an open, deregulated industry environment within Australia’s

corporate governance framework.

Mr McGauran thanked the IOG’s Chairman Bruce Vaughan AO, its members, and the Chairs and members of the Regional Advisory Groups, for their contributions.

“Their work has required great dedication and commitment to a sustainable future for the sugar industry," he said.

“The strategic vision complements the $75 million Regional and Community Projects component of the Australian Government’s Sugar Industry Reform Programme 2004.

Copies of the strategic vision are available on the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) web site — www.daff.gov.au/sirp.

Further media inquiries:

Minister McGaurans' office: Nancy Joseph 02 6277 7520

http://www.maff.gov.au/releases/06/06040pm.htm