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M57/2001 20 March 2001


Businesses in Central Queensland have been urged to follow the example of other local companies that are successfully exporting to markets around the world.

Senator for Queensland and Federal Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Senator Ian Macdonald said eleven Central Queensland businesses were among more than 300 exporters who contributed to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade publication From Sheep’s Back to Cyberspace launched today.

From Sheep’s Back to Cyberspace examines the challenges and opportunities of trade reform, market access, transport and telecommunications.  It explores the way in which cyberspace, in the form of e-commerce, is changing the way regional export industries do business.

“I congratulate the local businesses that have already taken part in this very important process of capitalizing on their competitive advantages through clever use of modern marketing and technology,” Senator Macdonald said.

“For example, Orica Australia at Yarwun, exports chemicals for mining and industrial use right throughout the world, advertising its products on the internet.”

“And, United Plantations in Emerald, who supply wheat and sunflower seeds both domestically and internationally using e-mail as a primary form of communication with prospective clients.”

“These businesses and others around the region, have diverse products and show the ability of Central Queenslanders to be in the forefront of Australia’s export drive.”

“Regional Australia generates around half of Australia’s export income with one in four jobs in regional Australia dependent on exports and the current value of the dollar - albeit undervalued - represents another opportunity to increase exports.”

“We should be proud of our regional exporters, many of whom have risen to new challenges, sought out new markets and become more innovative in both marketing and production.”

“More jobs and more opportunities can flow into Central Queensland and I urge local industry and businesses to take up the challenge.”

“There is a need to foster better understanding of the significance of trade and exports to the continuing prosperity of regional Australia.” Senator Macdonald said

***Copies of the publication will be provided to trade development agencies, ***

schools and regional libraries.

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