Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 06, 2024


Fresh Produce Markets

In reply to the Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) ().29 November 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I am advised:

The South Australian Produce Market (SAPM) Board members have raised concerns through the media regarding the actions being taken by Brisbane Market Limited (BML) in their role as a majority shareholder of the Perth Wholesale Markets (PWM).

Earlier in 2023, BML executed a proportional takeover of PWM and currently maintains a controlling interest at 49 per cent for the next five years. There are concerns among some industry members that any additional changes to ownership could impact national competition and result in higher costs to growers and consumers.

This remains to be a commercial matter that does not directly impact our South Australian Produce Market at this time. I will continue to consult with the SAPM Board on any of their concerns.

Any anti-competition concerns can also be raised to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) by industry if required.