Australia sees AUS$100m funding for beef transport infrastructure
The new Northern Australia Beef Roads Fund will upgrade key roads used in the transportation of cattle.
A joint statement by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott, stated that the government is committed to realising the potential of northern Australia, with the task of moving cattle in the north, from the farm gate to market, involving some of the longest land transport distances of any Australian commodity.
It added that land transport costs in the northern beef industry comprised up to 35% of the market price of livestock.
"The Fund will rely on CSIRO’s (Australia’s national science agency) state-of-the-art logistics modelling, which for the first time looks at the whole cattle supply chain – every farm, road, stopover, port and processing facility in the country," said the government.