Senate Inquiry, ACCC and industry future on agenda at QDO Forum & AGM

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Queensland’s dairy farmers will converge on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 in Toowoomba to have their say and hear from government and industry experts on what their industry has in stall for the future.

The Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) Annual General Meeting will bring together farmers from the state’s dairying regions to hear from speakers such as:

  • Queensland Senator Chris Ketter, Chair of the Economic Reference Committee which recently handed down the Senate report ‘Australia’s dairy industry: rebuilding trust and a fair market for farmers
  • ACCC Agricultural Commissioner, Mick Keogh, who will give an update on the progress of the ACCC dairy inquiry
  • Shane Webcke, Queensland Safety Ambassador and former profession Rugby League player
  • Steve Leracy from Larpro, who will providing an update on the progress of the Toowoomba milk plant
  • David Inall, CEO of Australian Dairy Farmers
  • Norman Repacholi, Commercial Research and Analysis Manager, Dairy Australia

QDO President Brian Tessmann said the forum will provide a great opportunity for farmers to hear directly from those who can provide insight into how the industry is progressing and what headway is being made to address the much-discussed market failures.

“Farmers will be looking for a commitment from government to act upon and implement the recent 12 recommendations handed down in the Senate report into the dairy industry,” said Mr. Tessmann.

“Progress on the ACCC dairy inquiry will also be of interest since a lot of hope has been placed on the Commission’s ability to ‘have teeth’ and deliver remedies for the clear market failures savaging the industry.

“I encourage all farmers and industry to come along and join in on a discussion about the industry and QDO’s future. It is your industry so it essential that you have your say.”

WHEN: 9.15am for 10am start – 3pm, Tuesday, 29 August 2017
WHERE: Toowoomba City Golf Club, Toowoomba
COST: Free for members or $75 for non-members
RSVP:  or call 3236 2955