22 April 2020

Workforce

Rural leaders are hopeful the readjustments to work patterns caused by COVID-19 could lead to more senior level employment and business opportunities in country Australia.

 

Markets

The good seasonal outlook means there is a change Australia’s cattle herd will shift from contraction to rebuild. Supply of saleable cattle is expected to start tightening from here, which should keep the market stable.

 

Weather

While some parts of NSW have received drought-breaking rain, the state's south-east is still classified under "intense drought", according to NSW Department of Primary Industries.

 

Rural Life

Regional Express has guaranteed 38 return flights will continue to operate across regional Australia over the next six months, and has applied to the federal government to increase that to 76.

 

AgQuip, one of the largest ag field days in the Southern Hemisphere, has been postponed from August to November.

 

There are concerns over petrol price gouging, as some areas in rural NSW are not seeing the benefit of the low cost of oil.

 

People in regional centres and isolated towns around Australia are worried they will be hard hit by the potential collapse of Virgin Australia, concerned they will face higher ticket prices and fewer flight options.

 

The justification for bans on the sale of firearms and ammunition in three Labor-controlled states has been questioned after it emerged the national cabinet had no active role in the moves, despite this being cited by state ministers and officials.


A region-by-region approach to re-opening hotels, rather than a statewide opening of the doors, has been suggested by the Queensland Hotels Association amid calls for some of the state's most remote pubs to be able to resume trading across the bar.