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6 July 2011 - GPA Backs WEA to do Good

Grain Producers Australia Limited (GPA) has released a discussion paper that is recommending Wheat Exports Australia (WEA) be retained and the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme be streamlined to enable a range of industry good functions to be performed. Functions of the WEA could include:
  • wheat varietal classification
  • oversight of the collection and distribution of pre-competitive market information including real time description of up country stocks by tonnage and actual quality by stack
  • development and maintenance of export quality standards
  • facilitation of the resolution of the technical and quality concerns raised by our export customers
  • ongoing reporting on the performance of Australian wheat in the international market place.

GPA Chairman, Pete Mailler said "In discussions around the country, grain producers and industry representatives have told us of their concerns regarding the apparent lack of any credible organisation providing "industry good" functions. This discussion paper presents a stable, sustainable and practical solution to meet these concerns as a means of facilitating a broader discussion on how the industry should move forward."

Having WEA take on these functions would bring stability to the provision of pre competitive services to the wheat industry. The WEA, as an independent statutory authority, could provide stable, independently funded, independently regulated industry good services to achieve a wheat export marketing industry that is efficient, competitive and advances the needs of wheat growers.

"The recommendations outlined in the discussion paper provide a solution to a problem that was raised at a series of GPA regional meetings. The paper provides industry with a good mechanism to progress a discussion about addressing weaknesses in the post single-desk wheat environment."

Mr Mailler said, "The launch of this discussion paper is the first major issue to be addressed through our Policy Development Framework. GPA sees its role as facilitating discussion and providing solutions to issues for the whole of the grains industry. We are looking for feedback on the paper to refine our recommendations and present a final report."

The discussion paper is available on the GPA website www.grainproducers.com.au and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback to GPA on the paper through the website or to the GPA Secretariat at admin@grainproducers.com.au.

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Pete Mailler
Ph: 07 4676 5112     Mob: 0427 265 707

pdf GPA Media Release 110706 (114 Kb)
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