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MEDIA RELEASE - Crean headlines stakeholders forum

30 July 2018

Growth opportunities in Glenelg Shire council’s agricultural sector will be a key focus of former opposition leader Simon Crean’s keynote address in Portland next month.

Mr Crean will use his current position as chair of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council to highlight Portland’s growing position as a regional export hub at the latest round of council’s popular Development Stakeholder Forums.

Mr Crean will headline a function at Clock by the Bay on 9 August 2018 from 5.30pm with key business leaders from across the region, highlighting the importance of business leaders capitalising on their strengths.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was pleased to host the well regarded and experienced leader, who had shown significant interest in Portland’s growing agricultural export opportunities.

She said Mr Crean aimed to inspire the room, delivering the message of knowing your strengths, developing leadership and driving the partnerships on a pathway to success.

“Simon Crean is well known to many, being a former federal minister, Labor Party leader and president of the ACTU. In later working life he has been a passionate advocate for the food and fibre sector, taking particular interest in the nation’s live export sector in more recent years,” Cr Rank said.

“Glenelg Shire is an emerging leader of this agricultural export sector, with four live export hubs either operational or in planning stages in our local area. With access to a deep sea port with connections to global markets and access to prime growing land, the agriculture industry is taking particular interest in this region.

“Our shire’s agricultural sector is worth more than $283 million, totalling 23 per cent of our GDP. These are only the founding years and the momentum to date has been extraordinary. We look forward to seeing what the future will hold given the government’s new focus on delivering safer export practices with plans to expand to new and emerging markets.”

Great South Coast Food and Fibre Council committee member Michael Goldby, who is actively involved in the local export sector, said local farmers were leading one of Australia’s most exciting agricultural markets, with interest from across Australia in recent land sales.

“Our agriculture sector, both export and domestic is probably one of the most reliable and underestimated areas in Australia. We are on the eve of an exciting new era which has the potential to put this region on the global stage as we feed growing Asian markets,” Mr Goldby said.

“There have been considerable land movements in recent months, with new investors to the region and existing producers recognising the reliable market conditions to expand their operations.

“We look forward to sharing this great story with Mr Crean and hearing more about the new opportunities forecast from the export sector.”

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