Hamilton welcomes ABARES Regional Outlook to town
17 September 2015
Farmers, foresters and others involved in agriculture across Victoria’s Warrnambool and South West region will gather for the ABARES Regional Outlook conference in Hamilton on 23 September to hear the latest forecasts and economic outlook for the region.
ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said conference delegates would hear from a range of expert speakers from ABARES, the private sector and producers.
“This conference will consider issues of profitability, productivity and innovation, with a particular focus on how these issues relate to the region and its industries,” Ms Schneider said.
“Victoria’s Warrnambool and South West region makes an important contribution to the state and the nation’s economy. While covering only 12 per cent of the state’s land area, the region contributed $1.9 billion in gross agricultural production in 2012–13.
“Agriculture, fishing and forestry is also the largest employer in the region, so it’s important the sector stays engaged and has access to the latest information and forecasts to make informed business decisions.
“The release of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper has helped to focus attention on productivity and profitability in agriculture. With new trade opportunities and growing overseas food demand, these are exciting times for agriculture in Australia.
“This conference will look at how the sector, and Victoria’s South West region in particular, can generate business innovation and productivity, drive profitability, and how farm businesses can thrive in a changing business environment.”
Ms Schneider said conference delegates could access the latest economic and commodity forecasts and scientific data, discuss industry trends, make new contacts in their community, and explore new approaches to traditional issues.
“I encourage anyone in the region with an interest in agriculture to attend,” Ms Schneider said.
The ABARES Regional Outlook conference will be held in Hamilton on 23 September 2015. Pre-conference registration is essential.
More information, including conference programme and registration form, is available at 2015 Regional Outlook Conferences.
Date: 23 September 2015
Venue: Hamilton Showgrounds, Shakespeare Street, Hamilton, Victoria
Time: Registration from 8.30 am, conference 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Registration is complimentary but pre-event enrolment is required. Registration includes: conference entry, access to ABARES recent publications, morning and afternoon tea and lunch, delegate directory, About My Region profile data.
Email: Conferences or call 02 6272 2303/2260 for enquiries. Register via the registration form/programme.
Media: Please contact the Department of Agriculture’s Media team or call 02 6272 3232 for interview requests.