The North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency (the Agency) Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting on 12 March 2019 in Townsville, Queensland.
The Board members have been appointed by the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison PM, to support efforts to help farmers, communities and related small businesses impacted by the recent floods in North Queensland.
The Board will support the Head of the Agency, Shane Stone AC QC, and comprises members with extensive experience in the livestock industry, stakeholder groups, and representatives of federal and local governments.
Members of the Advisory Board are:
- Shane Stone AC QC (Chair) - CEO North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency
- Tracey Hayes – former CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and board member of the CRC for Developing Northern Australia
- Don Heatley OAM - former Chair of Meat and Livestock Australia
- Greg Campbell - Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council
- David Galvin - former Chair of LiveCorp
- Daryl Quinlivan - Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
The inclusion of members with on-the-ground livestock industry experience, together with those with experience in government and non-government organisations, will ensure that appropriate advice from affected communities can be provided to Mr Stone as Head of the Agency to drive it to achieve its objectives.
This first meeting presented an opportunity for the Board to reflect on the impacts in the flood affected areas of North, Far North and Western Queensland following the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough (25 January – 14 February 2019).
The Board also approved its terms of reference and discussed how the Agency is working with other Commonwealth departments and agencies, the Queensland Government, industry stakeholders and local government to progress the design and development of a long-term recovery plan.
The Board identified several key priorities for Mr Stone to consider as this plan progresses, including:
- Ensure the ongoing provision of essential mental health support for affected communities
- Restocking and on-farm infrastructure for the livestock industry
- Replanting and on-farm infrastructure for other primary producers
- Ensuring that support flows to those that are affected on the ground, including primary producers, businesses that support these producers, businesses in the towns, and communities across the whole region
- Committing to enabling primary producers and other businesses to make decisions to drive their recovery in the timeframes that they need
The Board agreed it will meet monthly, in addition to a weekly telephone conference, and will also meet otherwise as required.
More information about the Advisory Board and the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency is available.