Growcom today congratulated all those Members of Parliament announced by Premier Palaszczuk as making up the new Queensland Cabinet, and especially those receiving appointments for the very first time.

Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard said it was particularly pleasing to welcome Minister Mark Furner back to the agriculture portfolio with an additional responsibility for regional communities.   

“Minister Furner has been an excellent advocate for the Queensland horticulture industry within government and in public. He understands that the production of fruits, vegetables and nuts is a serious business and underpins the economic prosperity of many regional Queensland communities,” said Mr Barnard. 

“He is also convinced of the immense potential here for our industry to grow and to provide more job opportunities.

“He has been a strong supporter of entrepreneurs in our industry who are diversifying and adding value to our produce. We look forward to his ongoing enthusiasm for horticulture.”

With his reappointment Minister Furner will celebrate in early December three full years in the agriculture portfolio. Should he see out the entire four year Parliamentary term in the role he’ll be one of the longest serving agriculture ministers in Queensland history.

“We know Minister Furner appreciates the real challenges facing horticulture in finding our way through the disruption caused by COVID-19, and our need for his leadership, ” said Mr Barnard.      

“We hope he makes the most of this opportunity to now leave an indelible mark on the agriculture sector in this state.”

Growcom also welcomed the appointments of Glenn Butcher, MP for Gladstone, to the newly created position of Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water, Meaghan Scanlon, MP for Gaven, as Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, and Nick De Brenni as Minister for Energy.

“One of our key requests ahead of the election was for a greater sense of collaboration around the Cabinet table from all those Ministers whose responsibilities intersect with horticulture,” said Mr Barnard.

“We again call on the Palaszczuk Government to join with stakeholders in horticulture to create a shared vision for the future of our $3 billion industry, and an action plan with the funding necessary to realise our potential.”