11 May 2015
Australia’s sporting royalty was greeted by hundreds of V8 Supercars fans and cricket enthusiasts last week (Friday, 8 May) when they descended on Rockhampton for Beef Australia 2015.
Motorsport legend, Craig Lowndes and Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist spent the morning meeting fans, signing autographs and put their driving skills to the test when they competed for the best lap time in a V8 Supercar simulator at the Suncorp Bank Trade Stand.
Both from farming backgrounds, the Suncorp ambassadors also entertained more than 400 guests at the sold-out Suncorp Bank Sportsman’s Lunch, sharing priceless anecdotes from their respective championships including the wins, spills, challenges and rivalries.
Suncorp Bank Head of Agribusiness, Troy Constance, opened the event and said he was thrilled to have two iconic sports stars headline the social occasion.
“It isn’t every day you see two premier athletes, like Craig Lowndes and Adam Gilchrist share the stage to deliver insights from their careers,” Mr Constance said.
“It was also great to see so many producers, agribusiness owners and thought leaders from across Australia come together to celebrate the beef industry.
“The agriculture industry is a core part of Suncorp Bank’s heritage, and we were again proud to be a major supporting partner of this year’s Beef Australia.”
Earlier in the day, the Suncorp Bank Next Generation Forum captivated more than 300 budding beef farmers with an inspirational line-up of experienced industry leaders, who explored the ways young people can creatively pursue farm management and business ownership.
Whether they had dreams of following in the footsteps of their families or ambitions to fly the coup and start a new venture, there was something for all emerging farmers at the half-day forum.
The event was headlined by beef producer and author Alice Greenup and keynote speaker Liberal Member for Hume and generational farmer, Angus Taylor.
Mr Taylor provided an insight into his journey to become a successful producer. He also highlighted the importance for the agriculture sector to nurture young farmers and give them every opportunity to succeed.
“As a sector, we must remember to celebrate the wins. Whilst it is important to support our neighbours and fellow businesses through tough times, it is equally as important to celebrate the financial success stories. These success stories are inspirational for the next generation,” Mr Taylor said.
From a generational farming background himself, Suncorp Bank Head of Agribusiness, Troy Constance, echoed Angus Taylor’s commitment to supporting the next generation of farmers.
“Investment in young farmers is vital to ensure the next generation of agriculture in Australia succeeds,” Mr Constance said.
“As a sector, we need to leverage our learnings from the last 200 years or more, whilst encouraging the next generation to explore new opportunities and embrace industry advancements.
“The Suncorp Bank Next Generation Forum was the perfect platform to shine a light on this importance issue, and encourage the sharing of ideas across generations.”
Ashleigh Paterson 07 3135 2562 or 0407 925 665
Suncorp Group includes leading general insurance, banking, life insurance and superannuation brands in Australia and New Zealand. The Group has 14,500 employees and relationships with nine million customers. Suncorp Group Limited is a Top 15 ASX-listed company with $94 billion in assets. Suncorp Bank is Australia’s leading regional bank servicing more than one million personal, SME and agribusiness customers.