Gilbert River Agricultural Forum
About the Event
Through hosting the Gilbert River Agricultural Forum this April, Etheridge Shire Council is extending an invitation to all stakeholders and interested parties to take a fresh look at the region's agricultural potential. The main objective of the Forum is to explore the individual and collective economic benefits of agricultural diversification, specifically in relation to grazing, horticulture and cropping in the Gilbert River Catchment. Council supports the benefits of diversification and the capacity to strengthen and diversify the Etheridge Shire economy as part of a nation building project in Northern Australia.
In May 2020, consulting firm Jacobs delivered a detailed business case for the Gilbert River Irrigation Project to Council that identified promising opportunities for a large scale irrigation project. This, along with updates regarding the dryland cropping avenues that are already proving lucrative will be presented at the Forum.
The focus of the Forum is to present primary producers and key stakeholder with information around the opportunites for economic diversification. Council recognises that the grazing industry is the backbone of our region, and the introduction of a horticulture and rotational cropping industry in conjucnction with additional water allocations will ensure the long term expanded future of the Shire. There are some local challenges and it is Council's utmost belief that the decisions made by our primary producers regarding the opportunities presented to them at this Forum will shape the trajectory of our region's economy for future generations.
Etheridge Shire Hall, 43 Saint George St, Georgetown QLD
Forum and Field Day Programme
|Midway Cafe & Caravan Park||Georgetown||
P: 07 4062 1219 Link to website
P: 07 4062 1208 Link to website
|Goldfield's Caravan Park||Georgetown||
P: 07 4062 1269 Link to website
|Latara Resort Motel||Georgetown||
P: 07 4062 1190 Link to website
P: 07 4062 5374 Link to website
|Bedrock Village||Mt Surprise||
P: 07 4062 3193 Link to website
|Mt Surprise Tourist Park||Mt Surprise||
P: 1800 447 982 Link to website
For logistical matters, including event registration, arrangements to address the forum or sponsor the event, please contact Rebekah Haase, Community Development and Events Officer.
Phone 07 4079 9002 or Email Rebekah