- New funding of $1.5 million over three years to support activities of the Southern Forests Food Council as it unlocks new economic opportunities for the region
- State funding to support the Council's journey towards self-sufficiency
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced funding of $1.5 million towards the Southern Forests Food Council (SFFC), as the organisation works towards self-sufficiency.
Over three years, the funding will help the Council to establish alternative revenue streams while it continues to deliver the Genuinely Southern Forests brand, connects members to new market opportunities, and identifies agricultural development opportunities.
The SFFC has been operating for five years and has made a significant contribution to the local economy through promoting local produce, and establishing efficient pathways in the supply chain for producers to access new markets.
Ms MacTiernan's announcement comes ahead of this weekend's Truffle Kerfuffle, which highlights the delights of the Southern Forests and reflects the Government's support for the continued growth of the region as a significant food bowl and culinary tourism destination.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The $1.5 million will enable Southern Forests Food Council to become more self-sufficient and further tap into the economic opportunities of this amazing region.
"This funding will progress the work of the project to the next level, building on the momentum established over the past five years.
"The McGowan Government wants to assist the Council to further trumpet the agricultural food delights of the region - including truffles - as well as build on the fantastic success of the Genuinely Southern Forests brand.
"I look forward to seeing more success stories for local businesses through the Council's work."
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