Morrison Government support has helped Australia’s largest wildflower exporter to weather the COVID-19 storm and support local jobs and businesses.
Christian Porter MP and Craig Musson.
Wafex provides about half of Australia’s national flower exports. It employs 150 staff, owns four large grow farms and buys from 50 domestic commercial growers across south-west Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, the NSW South Coast and North Coast regions and south-east Queensland.
Because of COVID-19 imposed border restrictions, flower and foliage exports were down by around 30 per cent, or $2.9 million, in 2020. The Morrison Government has been supporting Wafex’s export business through the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), which provides air transport for perishable goods to reach overseas customers.
Wafex Owner Craig Musson said Wafex would have struggled to survive without support via IFAM.
“IFAM single-handedly saved our export business last year,” Mr Musson said.
“Without IFAM we would not have been able to export anything at all. We would have taken a $5 million hit and had to lay off many of our workers. We have 50 commercial flower growers reliant on our exports and some would have gone out of business as well.