Despite drought conditions prevailing over much of the eastern states there is a lot of evidence to suggest that the agricultural sector in Australia is in very good shape. This evidence takes the form of record and near record prices being paid for grazing, cropping and horticultural land right across the country as well as solid commodity prices for beef, wool, cotton and grains. The continuing interest and acquisitions in the sector by offshore investors only highlight the fact that agriculture in Australia is very much a sought after investment destination.

The evolution of Thynne & Macartney’s Agribusiness Group continued in 2018 with the appointment of Alex Ramsey as a Partner of the firm on 1 July. Alex will be known to many clients as he has worked in our Group for the last 10 years. We continue to be ably supported by our other lawyers, Mark Boge, Hannah Barbour and Brianna Hockey, each of whom has developed specialist practice areas including native title, carbon emissions trading and succession planning. The remaining members of our team, Veronica Stewart, Kellie Stanbury, Emma Tapa and Renee Lashford all make significant contributions to the day to day management of our transactional work and we are very fortunate to have people of their calibre and experience assisting with these important roles.

We consider it one of our priorities to maintain a close association with clients and supporters in regional Queensland, so we’ll continue our visited office program next year to Roma, Emerald, Rockhampton and Longreach. A schedule of the dates we will be visiting these centres in 2019 is attached. It never ceases to surprise us how diverse a range of problems and issues our clients have to deal with in the day to day conduct of their rural enterprises. By way of illustration, we are attaching our half-yearly newsletter which contains a number of articles by various members of our Agribusiness Group who have drawn on recent experiences of theirs when preparing this bulletin of contemporary issues which affect our sector. We trust that these articles will be of interest to you.

We hope that you have a safe and happy Christmas and a bright, healthy and prosperous start to the New Year.

With kind regards and thanks for your continued support in 2018.

 

Peter Kenny          Ari McCamley           Alex Ramsey