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23 October, 2020

GroWQ brings five pillars to the West

WESTERN Queensland's newest agribusiness development organisation, GroWQ, will give local producers and agribusinesses a rare insight into value-adding investments when it kicks off with an agribusiness infrastructure and investment tour next month.

By Edwina Watson RURAL LEADER JOURNALIST

The Longreach company's premiere event will take in the new upgrade to the Longreach Kangaroo Processing Facility, the now up-and-running Longreach Abbattoir servicing greater Western Queensland, and the proposed $5 million developments to the Longreach Saleyards.

GroWQ Chairperson, James Walker, said the company looked to improve commercial agricultural opportunities in the West via five pillars.

"GroWQ is an iteration of the Agricultural Advisory Group to the Longreach Regional Council," he said. "Our values are centred on the five pillars of value-adding, infrastructure (on-farm and regional), business and industry collaboration, education and training and agricultural research development, agtech and data use.

"We had such great participation at our events last year, the committee members approached Council to dissolve the group in order to become independent, to source greater funding streams and to create economic development opportunities specifically for agriculture in the Western Queensland region."

"This is a really exciting organisation and first event, giving everyone who comes the chance to learn new things about their regional infrastructure, meet new people and perhaps garner new ideas for their business," Mr Walker said.

Mr Walker said GroWQ would eventually look to employ a full-time manager based in Longreach, but for now hoped to attract new members eager to explore all things growth.

The self-drive tour is a Covid-safe event and will be held on November 6. Tickets are $25 and are available on Eventbrite. 


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