AA&ES; Whets Chinese Appetite with regional tour
Monday, 21 August 2017
In a demonstration of entrepreneurial leadership, last week AA&ES played host to a delegation of six Chinese investors showing keen interest in local beef industry ventures and opportunities to work with local producers.
AA&ES - Australian Agricultural and Environmental Solutions company director Steven Keating pointed out that “essentially what has ignited their interest is our (Australia’s) ‘clean and green’ reputation and strong Biosecurity and Quarantine protocols.”
“There is a very high demand for beef that can be branded and marketed accordingly,” he said.
After a tour of operations stretching through to Roma, the delegation’s final stop was a creekside camp at ‘The Shanti’, an AA&ES property on Charley’s Ck west of Chinchilla.
In this typical local bush setting, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor, Mr Paul McVeigh welcomed the delegation, chatting with them about the advantages of the region and reinforcing that "the Western Downs is open for business".
Leadership, innovation and best practice underpin the entrepreneurial spirit of local firm AA&ES. Having become renowned throughout the Surat Basin for its alignment of sustainable agriculture with environmental management. They have also taken on leadership in the region for the promotion of practical workable Biosecurity Management Plans.
David Fraser, newly appointed General Manager of AA&ES has played a key role in the recent direction the company has taken as it blazes new trails via a willingness to embrace change.
Mr Fraser said ‘The Shanti’ property is the newest addition to the AA&ES business portfolio, uniquely fitting given its historic significance to this region's biosecurity journey.
“This was the primary property for the breeding, development and introduction of the cactoblastis moth that ended the prickly pear infestation,” he said.
“AA&ES is already applying our environmental management expertise to property improvements including environmental mitigation for the licensed quarry and implementation of a weed management program.”
“Both initiatives are well within our core capabilities and their recent implementation serves as yet another local demonstration of our company’s expertise in managing both environmental and agricultural projects."
Beef roasts and damper skillfully prepared and cooked in camp ovens were served to the delegation on the banks of Charley's Creek. With a cup of billy tea to wash it all down, this stop topped off a successful visit that whets the appetite of the Asian entrepreneurs.
Press release by AA&ES.