Australian Country Choice in Cannon Hill Enters Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame

Australian Country Choice (ACC), the country’s premier supplier of high-quality meat products, with its factory in Cannon Hill, has been inducted into the illustrious Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

The privately-owned business has been recognised for its visionary leadership in establishing a vertically integrated beef and cattle industry that also supplies the rest of the world.

Australian Country Choice was one of six inductees into the Hall of Fame in 2021, along with Katie Page-Harvey (CEO of Harvey Norman), Sir John Beal Chandler (founder of Chandlers Electrical and radio station 4BC), T.C. Beirne (Queensland retail tycoon), The Coffee Club and Finlayson’s Timber and Hardware.

Company founder and Principal Director Trever Lee was at the induction ceremony in late 2021 to proudly accept the honor from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“To be included on the list alongside some of the founders of modern Queensland as well as some giants of the industry is truly humbling for Trevor and our business,” CEO Anthony Lee said. 

“What started as my father’s dream has turned into a state-of-the-art operation that supports thousands of local jobs and puts food on the table for millions of Australians every year. 

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“While we are honoured to receive this award for our contribution to Queensland, we are certainly still striving to make our business better each and every single day.

“Whether that be our ongoing commitment to ethical trading, achieving industry best practice in environmental sustainability and animal welfare, or being a caring and respected employer of more than 1,500 workers.”

The ACC leaders thanked all staff for their contribution to ACC’s inclusion in the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

ACC made it to the Hall of Fame for demonstrating sustained leadership to enhance the economy of Queensland and for becoming a pioneer in establishing an economy or industry with a product or service with wide acclaim. ACC has las made an outstanding contribution to the economic, social, and financial growth of Queensland, inspiring other firms to invest and do business.

Learn more about the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

Australian Country Choice in Legal Disputes with New Morningside Businesses

Beef supplier Australian Country Choice is wrapped up in legal disputes against two new businesses, TotalFusion and Revel Brewing Co, over their plans to open outlets on Colmsie Road in Morningside.

Gym in Limbo

TotalFusion Morningside was set to open the biggest gym facility in Queensland on 32 Colmsie Road in December 2020 but a court dispute with Australian Country Choice has caused a major delay, leaving hundreds of staff jobless. About 2,000 gym members anticipating the opening could not yet take advantage of their membership whilst the legal battle is ongoing. 

Photo Credit: TotalFusion Morningside/Facebook

Following a failed arbitration, a trial is expected to go ahead in July 2021. Lawyers for Australian Country Choice are contesting the gym’s location in an industrial zone. Until the court dispute is settled, TotalFusion cannot open its Morningside outlet.

Not in This Neighbourhood

In December 2020, Australian Country Choice had also lodged a legal dispute with Bulimba-based Revel Brewing Co, which submitted a development application (DA A005586380) to open another restaurant, bar and brewery along a three-building complex on 82 Colmsie Road. 

The beef supplier said that patrons of the brewery won’t likely enjoy dining in an area with a meat processing facility. 

Photo Credit: Revel Brewing Co/Facebook

In an appeal filed with the Planning & Environment Court, ACC’s lawyers stated that the construction of Revel “will result in, or has the potential to result in, adverse and unreasonable constraints being placed upon the lawful operation of the present and future industrial uses as intended/approved on the land and adjoining industry zoned/designated properties.”

The Council is not commenting on the disputes, citing that it’s up to the courts to decide.