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The Chair of Regional Development Australia Far North (RDAFN), Mark Sutton, and the Chair of the Outback Communities Authority (OCA), Cecilia Woolford, have jointly launched the Multispecies Livestock Transhipping Hub: Improving safety, efficiency and profitability in the Australian Livestock Industry report.

Ms Cecilia Woolford said that the purpose of the report is to investigate the potential for a multispecies livestock transhipping hub near Port Augusta and one was one of the four key economic projects identified in the oneOutback Prospectus launched by the OCA last year.

“This project has been a point of discussion for the pastoral sector for many years with the need to rest livestock being transported from and through the Outback region, a location near Port Augusta is a practical solution for such a facility.”

Mr Mark Sutton said that the report has outlined three main site options along the Stuart Highway, north of Port Augusta, “The evaluation of the proposed sites includes access to key support infrastructure, facility ownership and management models, governance and business structures and key costings. There is potential for the preferred site to incorporate other infrastructure including truck wash bays, service station, vet and quarantine facilities and more, which is dependent on the need from an industry perspective.”

“The report investigated the need and economic benefit for a livestock resting facility which took into account broad freight and logistics infrastructure demand and supply analysis.  It also looked at similar facilities in other states and territories and how these operate taking into account ownership and add on infrastructure and support services.”

RDAFN and OCA will continue to work with key stakeholders to move the project forward and assist key lobby and industry groups to develop the project to support their needs.

 The Multispecies Livestock Transhipping Hub: Improving safety, efficiency and profitability in the Australian Livestock Industry report is available to download from www.rdafn.com.au/publications   




Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh recently announced Mark Sutton as the new chair of Regional Development Australia Far North (RDAFN).

Mr Sutton has a long history and acquired extensive knowledge of living and working in the Far North SA region and is currently the Director of the Outback Communities Authority.  Mr Sutton has also held the position of Deputy Chair of the RDAFN Board for a period of 6 years.

Firstly, I thank the Minister for the appointment and look forward to continue to provide a strong regional  influence and presence and build a vibrant regional economy based on community values and with sound environmental credentials”, Mr Sutton said.

“The Far North SA region is a dynamic environment, ebbing and flowing often at the behest of outside influences.  RDA Far North, and its predecessor the NRDB, has been one of the grass roots constants that has adapted and capitalised on those opportunities for the betterment of the region. Strong local knowledge and leadership has enabled RDAFN to be a true influencer in the region and I look forward to ensuring that this continues.”

“RDAFN already has in place very strong links and connections to many of the key stakeholders across the vast region and as the region adapts to the growth of current and emerging industries, I look forward to seeing RDAFN support their economic development.”

“I would also like to take the opportunity to acknowledge outgoing Chair Dr Jen Cleary who provided 10 years of strong and impassioned stewardship of RDAFN and has been an outstanding leader, guiding us through challenges and achievements we have faced and celebrated.” Mr Sutton said.

Dr Cleary said, “It has been my absolute privilege and pleasure to be a part of RDAFN and I will always be proud of what we have achieved together, and what RDAFN will continue to achieve under Mark’s leadership and congratulate Mark on his appointment.”

Mr Sutton said that the RDAFN Board will shortly advertise for positions of Deputy Chair and additional committee members and looks forward to seeking diversity in terms of geographical and industry based membership.