Agri Forum outcomes
Last week saw representatives from industry and government attend the first Relish Fraser Coast Forum for 2017. The forum provided an opportunity for attendees to hear from local industry about exciting new projects and also receive updates on Council initiatives to support industry and grow our Fraser Coast Food Story.
An interactive workshop was also held as part of the forum to look at the possibilities for the region through the use of the Blue and Circular Economy principles.
Guest speakers Trevor Cook (MSF Sugar), Ray Mountford (Essential Queensland) and Stewart Christie (Possible People) focused on value adding of raw products and how to make better use of agricultural by-products.
A prototype of a Relish Fresh Produce Cart was launched for neighbourhoods and community groups to be able to grow and sell local produce throughout the region. The prototype was embraced by participants who gave positive feedback and expressed interest in the concept.
Another positive outcome from the day was industry representatives joining together to develop a new initiative called Fraser Coast Backyard Farmers. Led by local industry-based trainer Brendon Condon (Stickit Rural Training), a group will be formed to encourage the growth of small crops in the region – with a long-term vision of local growers supplying local food outlets under the Relish brand.
Council is excited about the growth in agricultural and focus on locally grown produce, both nationally and globally. These trends offer so much opportunity for Fraser Coast. We are well placed to apply great ideas to everyday products, develop new markets and leverage our Fraser Coast Food Story.
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ABC Radio interview – 09/02/17 – Fraser Coast is leading the way through Australia with agricultural training.
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