It was the big ideas, the grand vision that captivated the attention of Queensland’s agriculture minister, the Hon Dr John McVeigh last Thursday morning.
With Howard Nielsen, chair of the Samford Commons, Councilor Bob Millar, and our local member, Dale Shuttleworth, the Millen Farm team, headed by Peter Kearney, were able to outline to the minister our alternative model for agriculture and the potential for replicating this farming model in other regional areas.
Minister McVeigh showed intense interest the research and education components of the farming model. He also recognised the potential for employment opportunities and food security. Similarly, he was keen on the potential of the integrated model of Samford Commons to be used as a guideline for cross departmental projects in other parts of the state.
We were left with a strong sense that this is not the last we’ll be hearing from Minister McVeigh who recognised the value of working with the arts, education, environment, innovation, digital and tourism portfolios to bring the whole project to life.