By Renee Cluff
Posted yesterday at 14:23
Atherton dairy farmers say the Queensland government has turned its back on them.
Milk will be transported from Brisbane to far north Queensland hospitals after Queensland Health ended a supply contract with Atherton Tableland milk processor Lion Dairy.
- Atherton Tableland milk processor Lion Dairy loses contract to supply milk to far north Queensland hospitals
- Parmalat, which has secured the hospital contract, will ship milk from Brisbane
- Local farmers send their excess milk south at a cost of 25 cents a litre
The awarding of the contract to Parmalat Australia has added insult to injury for dairy farmers in the far north, who are already having to pay freight costs on excess milk they produce.
James Geraghty, a Millaa Millaa farmer and councillor for the Queensland Dairy Farmers Organisation, said any milk that could not be sold by Lion Dairy locally was sent south at a cost to farmers of 25 cents per litre.
“We’re going to freight milk from here to Brisbane because it’s not being sold here,” he said.
“At the same time milk is freighted into the Rockhampton Parmalat factory from Brisbane and then freighted north.