Petition the Qld Gov’t to give Qld dairy company, Maleny Dairies, support and a fair go.

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"Official statement from Maleny Dairies"

Maleny Dairies is a family owned, award winning milk production company, which employs approximately 50 staff members from the local community, purchases milk from 11 local farmers, supports several charity and community groups and is making a strong sustainable footprint to the long term business model of the company.

Maleny Dairies has been overlooked for a local tender in favour of Chinese and French owned companies and had Maleny Dairies been awarded the tender, it would have ensured the safe guarding of the local work force employed by the company and that of our dairy farms (which has seen Qld dairy farm numbers drastically drop from 350 in 2018/19 to a shocking 303 in 2020).

In this case the tender process appears to have been solely focused on the ability to deliver the cheapest milk regardless the consequences to local employment and industry collapse as cheap UHT low quality milk from Southern states adds to the disruptive tipping point for our local industry and in turn our regional economy, and is surely linked to a hospital cost blowout and cost cutting program.
Clarification on several points need to be addressed by the Queensland State Government with regards to the Procurement Policy and putting QUEENSLANDERS FIRST.

1. Maleny Dairies supported Queensland Government’s “Buy Local” initiative all last year, regularly attending Ministers’ media launches. We did not see Lacatalis or Lions at any of these media launches.

2. Maleny Dairies was strongly encouraged to tender for this work even when we communicated we couldn’t compete on price.

3. Maleny Dairies farmers needed that contract and so did we. Local farmers will struggle to stay in business if we can’t get the kind of support that Norco enjoys from their State Government.

4. The Queensland Government has spent last year saying it will support local Queensland owned businesses and Queensland jobs and then gives a milk tender to a Chinese and French owned company.

Norco experienced a similar situation when their tender for the local hospitals was denied, as a company they challenged the decision which was later rescinded and Norco won the tender. As well as being awarded $15 million funding for upgrades to the infrastructure by the NSW State Government. Maleny Dairies applied for a $1 million grant for upgrades in factory, which was unsuccessful.

It appears to us from a community perspective that the Minister for Health has focused singularly on his problem of cost blowout and cutting budgets and as a consequence has been blindsided by that process to the broader implications both at the community and government policy level.

Maleny Dairies is seeking an urgent conversation with the Premier and the Minister for Health to understand if this is the case, and as a result, the tender process can be reviewed.

Yours Sincerely
Maleny Dairies

For further information contact: pr@malenydairies.com