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Support for Rockhampton's Livestock Showcase Facility.

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Newsroom - John Anderson MP - The National Party of Australia Monday, October 22, 2001 Back

John Anderson Leader of the National Party - Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Transport and Regional Services - Federal Member for Gwydir

Support for Rockhampton's Livestock Showcase Facility 16th October 2001

A Livestock Showcase Facility to provide a state-of-the-art venue for display and marketing of livestock at Beef Expo 2003 will be assisted by a $3.5 million grant from a re-elected Federal Liberal-National Government, the Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, announced today in Rockhampton.

"This facility would be a premier resource in support of Beef 2003 and similar expositions in Rockhampton," Mr Anderson said.

"Rockhampton is the beef capital of Australia and the Livestock Showcase Facility will enhance this reputation.

"I have been told by the President of the Rockhampton District Saleyards Board, Bruce McCamley, that the current complex at Gracemere is currently the largest stud stock selling centre in Australia, and perhaps the Southern Hemisphere."

Mr Anderson said that Gracemere drew national and international investors and visitors to Rockhampton and Queensland through its consistent records of performance in stud livestock exchange.

Mr Anderson said that Board was careful to stress that some saleyards in Queensland have larger cattle throughput numbers for prime and store cattle than Gracemere, but did not participate as a significant stud venue.

Beyond the beef expositions, Mr Anderson said that the facility would have an active sales and rural tourism calendar.

It would promote greater awareness of breeder's pursuit of excellence, opportunities for industry education and skill development, high technology communication to national and international markets, and education centres.

Mr Anderson said that the facility was a project with strong support of the community, local governments and the Australian Beef Cattle Expositions Association.

"John Lever, the National Party Candidate for Capricornia, has been a strong advocate of this project."