House debates

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Statements by Members

Fisher Electorate: Maleny Dairies

1:50 pm

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I rise today to congratulate Maleny Dairies on their outstanding win in the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards last Thursday. This local business in my electorate of Fisher had their Farmers Choice Full Cream Milk named overall champion in the milk category. Judged by a panel of 24 industry experts, these awards recognise the quality, excellence and refined skills of Australia's best producers. The award is a further testament to the hard work and entrepreneurship of owners Ross and Sally Hopper.

As I have previously reported to the House, Maleny Dairies is a family owned business with deep roots in our community. Ross and Sally continue not only to produce the highest quality milk—

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Not as good as Tassie!

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but to partner with eight other farms in the area, offering a high rate per litre and helping each farmer to keep their cattle healthy and their businesses viable. There are no Tasmanian winners in this one! At a difficult time for our nation's dairy farmers, this kind of approach can make a big difference to many families. I have no doubt that such sustainable farming practices play a significant part in their award-winning products.

Maleny Dairies is a fantastic example of why this government is committed to supporting small businesses. It is from companies like this that the community enjoys growth and innovation. Congratulations once again to the Hoppers, to the whole team at Maleny Dairies and to their suppliers on this magnificent achievement.