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Chinese delegation shows interest in Towers

Industry association representatives from the People’s Republic of China have shown a significant interest in Charters Towers during a visit last week.

Charters Towers Regional Council hosted a visit by Guangdong Logistic Industry Association and Huizhou Municipal Government to Charters Towers on Friday and Saturday.

Mayor Frank Beveridge said he found members of the delegation most enthusiastic.

“The delegation met with Council to share information and to establish a working relationship,” Cr Beveridge said.

“Council provided an interesting presentation to the Chinese visitors and I must say they showed a keen interest in the message we had prepared.

“They were also very interested in the reality that Charters Towers is located on a north-south, east-west road transport corridor.

“However the most significant outcome of the visit by this particular delegation from China was that on Saturday Council signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with them.

“This is the first time that any international trade delegation that has visited Charters Towers has wanted to cement the relationship to this extent.

“This MOU will assist in developing mutually beneficial outcomes related to the livestock industry and international trade.

“This includes the possibility of a meat processing facility being established close to Charters Towers.

“This is exciting news for Charters Towers.”

The visitors were also given a tour of the Dalrymple Saleyards and attended dinner at the Northern Beef Producers Expo at the Showgrounds. They also visited Lake View Station and Towers Engineering.

Lake View Station grazier George Bredden saw the visit by the Chinese to his property as a positive move.

“It was good the meet the delegation and for them to see a different side of things,” Mr Bredden said.

“As for the prospects of a meatworks in our district, everything looks positive and it would be good to see it happen.”

The Guangdong Logistic Industry Association and Huizhou Municipal Government representatives have also visited Townsville Port and Julago livestock facility south of Townsville.

They also met with representatives from the Wulguru Group during their Townsville visit. The Wulguru Group are experts in abattoir design and construction.

Photo: Mayor Frank Beveridge signs the MOU with Ms Liang Yuxia, deputy secretary general of Guangdong Logistics industry Association.  


MG 09 March 2015

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