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New ‘one stop shop’ for MLA products and services

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New ‘one stop shop’ for MLA products and services

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has today launched a new online catalogue of its products and services that red meat producers and stakeholders can access from one easy location within the myMLA online platform.

The launch of the catalogue coincides with the conclusion of MLA’s Accelerated Adoption Initiative (AAI) and groups MLA’s products and services in user friendly bundles to enable stakeholders to have quick and easy access to what is relevant to them.

It also showcases promotions that MLA is offering, including discounts on several regionally relevant events for MLA members.

MLA Managing Director, Jason Strong, said the new catalogue provides important access for the red meat industry to crucial products and services that enhance producer adoption and build industry prosperity.

“The red meat industry is in fantastic shape, and we are seeing a renewed commitment to delivering transformational change, which comes off the back of unprecedented natural disasters and global challenges,” Mr Strong said.

“If we are to remain world leaders and set ourselves up for the future, we must continue to focus on our adoption efforts, including through the use of available services and tools. With MLA’s AAI now concluded, we have been looking at how we can further bolster our efforts in supporting producers.

“The new online catalogue is free to access through the existing myMLA platform. It is practical, easy to use and will help producers to get on with what they do best – producing some of the finest red meat in the world.”

Accelerated Adoption Initiative draws to a close

Costs for several MLA products and services will be re-introduced from 1 July, following the conclusion of AAI, which was launched in November 2019 with the aim of providing a temporary relief for costs incurred for the delivery of key MLA and Integrity Systems Company (ISC) products and services.

“AAI has been an important program helping facilitate adoption of MLA products and services, but also aiding producers to get back on their feet following the worst conditions ever experienced by Australian agriculture,” Mr Strong said.

“The launch of AAI came at a time where red meat producers were facing severe hardship from drought and other natural disasters. We took the important decision to provide relief to producers through a program where key MLA products and services developed for levy payers would be free of charge until 30 June 2021.

“We are now taking the opportunity to review and refresh how MLA charges for key products and services moving forward and if they can be effectively packaged together to offer cost savings for producers while at the same time building adoption to facilitate practice change and build on-farm productivity.”

From today (1 July 2021), MLA and ISC will be reinstating fees for core integrity services.  Pricing will be:

  • Three-year LPA accreditation/reaccreditation fee ($90 + GST)
  • LPA NVD hard copy books ($55 + GST for 10 forms, $65 + GST for 20 forms)
  • A new combined LPA/MSA Vendor Declaration Book option will be available for MSA registered producers ($55 + GST for 10 LPA NVDs and 10 MSA declarations, $65 + GST for 20 LPA NVDs and 20 MSA declarations).
  • MLA members will receive a 50% discount for BeefUp forums, MeatUp forums and Livestock Advisor Updates.
  • As part of the enhanced MLA/ISC service offering, LPA accredited producers who choose to ‘Go digital with eNVDs’ will receive:
  • Unlimited access to free eNVDs (LPA NVDs, MSA vendor declarations and Animal Health Declarations)
  • $30 off their three-year LPA accreditation/reaccreditation fee
  • Customer support to get going with eNVDs.

ISC will continue to make available an LPA offline reaccreditation pack ($20 + GST) for those producers who are unable to complete their accreditation online.

As Mr Strong explains, the ‘Go digital with eNVDs’ promotion supports industry’s desire to drive greater digital adoption of NVDs and will encourage LPA participants to get on board with the digital option when they join the program or when completing their reaccreditation.

“Driving greater digital adoption of the eNVD is incredibly important,” Mr Strong said.

“eNVDs are free of charge, offer a faster and easier way to complete livestock consignments, is always on the latest version and gives producers the option to complete multiple forms entering the information once.

“There is a price increase for hard copy NVD books – the first in seven years. This incorporates increased expenses associated with hard copy books but also highlights why producers should make the switch to eNVDs.

“ISC is constantly reviewing and upgrading features of the eNVD to make it more user friendly with some exciting developments in the pipeline including complete offline capability and an improved PIC search functionality. In recent months we have seen a significant increase in the rate of eNVD adoption and it’s important we continue that trend.”

myMLA provides a single sign-on to NLIS, LPA, LDL, NVDs and MSA accounts, as well as a localised seven-day weather forecast, customised market information based on livestock species and location, and industry news and local events.

Red meat levy payers can sign up for free to become an MLA member.

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NSW Premier refuses to meet collectively with mayors of 12 COVID-hit communities

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NSW Premier refuses to meet collectively with mayors of 12 COVID-hit communities

The NSW Premier has refused to meet collectively with mayors in the 12 local government areas (LGAs) hardest hit by COVID-19 to discuss the devastating impacts of the State’s health orders on their communities.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott asked Premier Gladys Berejiklian on August 16 to meet with LGNSW and the affected community leaders, as well as the Minister for Health and the Police Commissioner, but this week the Premier declined to take the meeting.

“The Premier says she wants to hear the voices of local communities and is willing to meet with community leaders but has rejected this opportunity to meet collectively with the 12 mayors working night and day through the impacts of the current outbreak,” Cr Scott said.

“I’m surprised the Premier would reject such a golden opportunity to build consensus in facing down this very real threat to the well-being of our most vulnerable communities. These leaders are willing to set aside the time, but the Premier seems unwilling.

“The Premier’s rejection of our request actually breaches the commitment made in the Intergovernmental Agreement, which the Premier signed on behalf of State Government and I signed on behalf of local government in October 2019.

“In this agreement, the Premier promised to consult with LGNSW and our sector before any significant policy decisions were made and to work with us to achieve positive outcomes for our communities. But on this occasion it has not happened.”

Cr Scott rejected suggestions her public disappointment with the Premier’s response was politically motivated.

“The 12 affected local government areas have mayors and councillors of every political stripe, including Liberal, Labor and Independents,” she said.

“This is a bipartisan attempt to work better together for NSW communities that need our support. There’s never been a more crucial time for all elected leaders to put aside any political differences and work together.”

Cr Scott said LGNSW would continue to push for the collective meeting on behalf of the mayors in affected communities.

“I am continuing to call on the Premier to honour her Government’s commitment to work with us as equals and meet these 12 mayors and councillors who are working so hard to support our communities and are feeling ignored,” she said.

“Mayors and councillors are continuing to provide effective and meaningful leadership to support our communities through droughts, floods, bushfires and COVID. They are on the frontlines of this battle, getting calls from anxious community members on a daily basis.

“The NSW Government should be working with us to lead our communities out of these dark times rather than ignoring something as simple and potentially beneficial as a collective, sit-down online discussion.

“I hope the Premier reconsiders and accepts our offer soon.”

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NSW LABOR CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITISE SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

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NSW LABOR CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITISE SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

NSW Labor is calling on the Government to prioritise the coordination of financial support for small businesses impacted by the Greater Sydney lockdown with reports that over half of the 130,000 businesses who have applied, yet to receive a single cent.

The NSW Government has repeatedly assured businesses that they would be supported through this crisis with payments for businesses suffering a downturn of 30 per cent or more. Despite these promises many small businesses have been left waiting as the Government has been unable to manage the demand for support.

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns said so many small businesses have made massive sacrifices to keep our community safe, but many are hanging on a knife’s edge with huge losses of income and reduced cash flow.

“We are six weeks into lockdown and many small businesses are yet to receive the financial support that was promised to them. It’s unacceptable. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the NSW economy with support lagging, there will be many businesses who will find it difficult to recover,” Mr Minns said.

“These are real people trying to keep their businesses afloat. Every day that support is delayed is a day closer to more businesses being unable to recover once this lockdown ends – people’s livelihoods are at stake.

Shadow Minister for Small Business Steve Kamper said, “We really are asking a lot of small businesses to keep the community safe. The least we can do is ensure the proper financial support is available and flowing fast.

“Support is needed now – there is too much at stake, for individuals, families, communities and the state’s economy,” Mr Kamper said.

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BYRON BUSINESSES RALLY BEHIND LOCAL BUYING CAMPAIGN AS TOURIST TRADE SLUMPS

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BYRON BUSINESSES RALLY BEHIND LOCAL BUYING CAMPAIGN AS TOURIST TRADE SLUMPS

BYRON BUSINESSES RALLY BEHIND LOCAL BUYING CAMPAIGN AS TOURIST TRADE SLUMPS

By Margaret Dekker

A group of Byron Bay traders met last Friday to discuss a slump in trade in the iconic tourist town due to plummeting tourist numbers and foot traffic.

Katie Munro from clothing label Arnhem told The Northern Rivers Times talk is rife among traders about concerns over in-store sales falling across an array of businesses in the community.  In her conversations with other local businesses there are reports of revenue dropping by as much as 60 percent.

“People were buying last year, but with fear and the ongoing uncertainty about the virus, this year buying habits have shifted to what is essential,” Katie Munro said.

“And there’s no one in town,” she said.

The irony of the situation, Katie says, is while Byron Shire property prices are booming and millions of dollars are being injected into real estate, the big spending is not being replicated in local tills.

And despite mounting requests from shop tenants, commercial landlords are firmly refusing rent relief on Byron Bay shopfronts which can average around $2,000 a week on the premium strips.

In a united effort to stem the engulfing tide, Byron Bay retailers and restaurateurs have begun a new ‘Love for Locals’ campaign, rewarding shoppers from the Shire with experiences and store discounts, and special offers and deals between traders.  ‘Love for Locals’ is being pitched at old and new ‘Byronians’ in an effort to “get the town going again.”

“.. Conversations have started around buying local, not giving our dollar to big multinational companies .. We can make an impact if we stop and consider every little spending decision we make,” Katie Munro said.

With news late last week of virus fragments detected in Byron Bay wastewater, and a new alert over a COVID-19 positive person landing in Ballina from Sydney on July 14, the mood has shifted again with Byron Bay last weekend likened to ‘a Ghost Town.’

But Katie Munro says there is also energy and optimism stirring as traders collaborate with other local businesses and begin embedding new behaviours with a focus on supporting local; to move from ‘struggling’ to surviving and thriving ‘during these strange times.’

“Conversations have started. There’s a movement, momentum among local traders, we can get through this again.” Katie Munro said.

 

 

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