Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Bursary to encourage local agrifood research

    25/10/2018 6:45 PM
    • Buy West Eat Best food labelling program celebrates 10-year milestone
    • Bursary announced in honour of founding Minister, the late Hon. Kim Chance 

    The McGowan Government has announced a fellowship award through Buy West Eat Best, to support one of Western Australia's brightest agriculture and food minds.


    At an industry gathering to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the State-of-origin food labelling program, Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the bursary in honour of the founding Minister, the late Hon. Kim Chance.


    The Buy West Eat Best Kim Chance Fellowship Award will provide financial assistance of $10,000 to a PhD candidate, through The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture.


    Buy West Eat Best was launched in 2008 in response to overwhelming consumer demand to know where their food was sourced from.


    Membership of the program now stands at more than 170 members across the State including major retailers, small growers, artisan producers, large scale processors, restaurants, chefs and food service providers.


    The fellowship will support a PhD candidate with the specific purpose of advancing agriculture in Western Australia. Applications are now open and will close on November 29, 2018. More information is available at http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "For 10 years, the Buy West Eat Best program has helped grocery shoppers choose Western Australian produce, and given food and beverage businesses support to differentiate their product as truly local.


    "The program enables Western Australian consumers to clearly identify food and beverage products which have been grown, farmed, fished and produced right here in Western Australia.


    "Kim played an instrumental role in not only establishing the Buy West Eat Best program, but championing the core value messages that remain in place today.


    "As a Western Australian farmer and politician and as a former Minister for Agriculture; Forestry and Fisheries, this award has been established in recognition of the great value Kim placed on the State's agriculture industry.


    "It also recognises his tremendous efforts to support and promote farming and regional communities; he was a fabulous ambassador for industry and commanded respect across town and country."


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