An industry vote on proposed funding models to ensure the future of the grass-fed cattle peak industry body has been flagged for this year.
Cattle Council of Australia president and implementation group chairman Howard Smith said the new structure and proposed funding model, including funding to establish the new structure, would be put to an industry vote once the model was finalised.
“With the new structure locked in, we believe the best funding model will include multiple funding sources,’’ Mr Smith said.
“There are a number of funding options being considered and the implementation committee is putting the final touches on how the funding model will work.’’
Funding streams under consideration include a non-government industry managed service fee; sponsorship; commercial revenue; Red Meat Advisory Council income and major events.
“It is likely the vote will occur this year,’’ Mr Smith said.
The implimentation committee, made up of representatives of the Australian beef industry from Cattle Council of Australia, the Northern Pastoral Group, the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, the Australian Beef Association, the Australian Meat producers Group and the Concerned Cattle Producers met in Brisbane on Friday.
All industry groups are united on the new structure and along with Cattle Council, fully committed to the implementation of the new structure.
In February 2015 the same group presented a united structure to Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce.
“Since that time we have been pushing towards structural change, including a sustainable funding model, to adequately deliver the advocacy, policy and strategic services the grass fed industry needs,’’ Mr Smith said.
A key development has been the legislative amendments to the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 on March 3.
Mr Smith said access to a database of all levy payers would be a powerful tool for the new industry structure.
“The details are yet to be provided on rules of access but it may also create potential for some new revenue streams,’’ he said.
“We will now lobby for quick progression of this legislation through parliament.’’
Mr Smith said the implementation committee were developing new funding arrangements, free from government intervention.[ends]
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