Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    New northern beef centre open for business

    2/10/2015 3:00 PM
    • Northern Beef Development Centre now open in Broome
    • Part of $15 million Royalties for Regions investment in northern beef industry

    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today opened the new Northern Beef Development Centre in Broome, confirming the State Government's commitment to supporting cattle industry growth in the north.


    "The centre will bring together expertise dedicated towards building Western Australia's northern beef industry," he said.


    The centre includes the Department of Agriculture and Food's Northern Beef Futures Broome operations staff.


    "A team of specialists will work closely with indigenous enterprises and members of the beef supply chain across the Pilbara and Kimberley to support pastoralists," Mr Baston said.


    "This work will help pastoralists to implement on-station production improvements and conduct forage trials to grow mosaic agriculture opportunities in the north."


    The Kimberley Cattlemen's Association Inc will also be based at the centre.


    "The association and the department are working together across the Northern Beef Futures project to enable the northern beef industry to respond to market signals and meet growing demand," Mr Baston said.


    Mr Baston said there was also scope for other like-minded businesses to become involved in the centre.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Northern Beef Futures was a four-year $15 million project, made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program, to transform WA's northern beef industry by improving markets, businesses and productivity.


    "Water for Food and Northern Beef Futures are two of 15 programs under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative aiming to strengthen regional communities where agriculture is a major economic activity," Mr Redman said.


    Fact File

    • The Northern Beef Development Centre is located at the corner of Pembroke and Gregory Streets, Broome
    • The centre will also include the Department of Water's $15.5 million Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food West Kimberley projects team
    • For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions   

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700