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Premier congratulates outstanding Cairns exporters

 Joint Statement:

Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Anna Bligh

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Stephen Robertson

Two Cairns companies have been recognised by the Queensland Government for their success in overseas markets over the past year.

Premier Anna Bligh today congratulated Cairns Marble and Jackson and Jackson Refrigeration on being named as the winners of the 2010 Cairns Regional Export Awards.

"Well-known local business, Cairns Marble, was named Cairns Exporter of the Year," Ms Bligh said.

"Cairns Marble first exported its raw materials in 1992 to the Brunei Palace project in the Middle East. Since then, it has exported to Taiwan, China, Germany, Italy, Dubai, Indiaand Papua New Guinea.

"Cairns Marble's has been operating out of Cairns now for more than 20 years and its current major export market is Italy, the home of marble.

"The company recently installed new state-of-the-art machinery and processing equipment imported from Italy to ensure that its stone products will continue to stimulate demand overseas."

Ms Bligh said that Jackson & Jackson Refrigeration was a deserving recipient of the Cairns Emerging Exporter Award for 2010.

"This locally owned business employs 45 people including 17 full-time apprentices," Ms Bligh said.

"This is Jackson & Jackson's first year for exporting, after securing a contract to build a germination chamber, seed processing and photo period facilities in Pakistan.

"I congratulate both Cairns Marble and Jackson & Jackson Refrigeration on their success at the 2010 Cairns Regional Export Awards, and look forward to hearing of more international success stories from the Far North," Ms Bligh said.

Trade Minister Stephen Robertson said that he expected to see Cairns business focussing more on exporting with opportunities growing in Papua New Guinea in the short to medium term.

"Cairns is ideally situated to take advantage of major growth and economic activity in Papua New Guinea that will be generated by massive LNG projects, as well as by growth in infrastructure development, and demand in service areas like education and training, and health," Mr Robertson said.

The Minister said Queensland companies could find out more about exporting opportunities in Papua New Guinea during Export Week 2010, from 18-22 October.

An expanded Export Week Commissioners' Regional Program includes a visit to Cairns by Queensland's Trade and Investment Commissioner for the UAE, Ms Susan Rae and locally based Special Trade Representative for Papua New Guinea, Mr Jeremy Blockey.

The full-day program on 18 October will feature presentations for local companies looking to expand into PNG, the Middle East and other international markets.

Entering the Cairns Regional Export Awards in 2010 gave local businesses automatic entry into the 21st Premier of Queensland's Export Awards.

Winners and finalists of these awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony hosted by the Premier on Thursday 21 October, as part of Export Week 2010.

For more information on Export Week and the Premier of Queensland's Export Awards visit, or telephone local Export Advisor, John Bissell on 4048 1113.

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