• Norco Milk Factory

    In July this year, the LNP published our Real Economic Plan for Jobs, Economic Diversity and Growth. It features manufacturing and agriculture as 2 of the LNP’s 5 economic priority areas.

    This morning I showed Lawrence Springborg how we’re developing and growing agriculture and manufacturing locally. Food factories like Norco Milk here in Labrador unleash Queensland’s potential – they realise economic multiplier benefits for Queensland. Australia’s reputation as a producer of clean and green products remains a key international advantage and, combined with rising global demand for food, gives Australia a great opportunity to drive jobs and investment growth for the future.

    Queensland’s “dining boom” will be long lived. We enjoy strategic advantages of being geographically close to bourgeoning Asian middle class, and our factories are close to the source of natural ingredients. There’s much about which we should be optimistic – even as the motor vehicle manufacturing sector moves offshore and mining investment declines.

    As well as 320,000 ­direct jobs, another 824,900 Australians were employed in providing quality produce, transport or retail to get food from paddock to plate.

    Take a look at some of the highlights from the tour.