Mayor Gerard O'Connell has highlighted local produce, such as Hervey Bay scallops, to Agriculture and Fisheries Minister John McVeigh.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell has highlighted local produce, such as Hervey Bay scallops, to Agriculture and Fisheries Minister John McVeigh.

McVeigh gets the pitch on produce from Mayor

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has pitched the region's primary producers to the visiting Agriculture and Fisheries Minister John McVeigh.

Mr McVeigh was in the region to help launch the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival on Sunday, where he met with Cr O'Connell about the lasting effects of the floods and the Fraser Coast's potential to be a "food bowl".

Cr O'Connell said he planned to highlight the region's strength across dairy, poultry, crops and seafood with items such as the Hervey Bay scallops.

The mayor said the council was also seeking to have a say in the State Government's draft reports on sustainable agriculture.

He said the council also continued to talk to Mr McVeigh about the ongoing effects of the January floods on the Fraser Coast's primary producers.

Farmers near the Mary and Burnett rivers lost top soil, and crops during the floods, with the Fraser Coast's cane farmers expected to lose $10million this season as a result.

Cr O'Connell said rural infrastructure such as roads and bridges were key parts of the council's discussion with the State Government.



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