Dear FAN Community,
What an honour it was for FAN to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2022 Sunshine Coast Business Awards, after winning our category three years running. Here’s a little taster from the evening.
Building a start-up not-for-profit that delivers genuine impact takes collective vision and commitment, and it was wonderful to share the moment with many people who have been a part of FAN’s journey over the past seven years.
This is my last FANmail as I say farewell. It has been a privilege leading this organisation, and supporting our members and the food and ag industry across our regions to connect, collaborate and grow. Thank you to everyone who has shaped FAN into the organisation it is today, this wouldn’t have been possible without you.
With an amazing team, supportive Board and strong transition plan, FAN is ready to embrace a new and exciting era, and I wish the organisation and our members every success.
Yours in collaboration,
Table of Contents
We were pleased to recently share an overview and highlights of FAN’s operations in 2021 – 2022 at our Annual General Meeting. With thanks to our members in attendance and those who submitted proxies. We are pleased to confirm that all items as listed in the agenda were passed in full favour.
At the AGM we also acknowledged Emm’a contribution to FAN and her passionate committment to our industry and members.
We also welcomed Nicole into the Interim CEO role. The Board looks forward to supporting Nicole and the team in this transition phase.
In acknowledgment and recognition of members who have contributed to the evolution and growth of FAN and represent the organisation’s ethos of giving back and fostering innovation and collaboration – this year we commenced a new tradition of conferring lifetime memberships.
Pictured above (Left to right)
Megan Brabant (Gourmet Garden) and Jacqui Price (FAN Chair)
Kevin Fraikin (Montville Coffee), Jacqui Price and Sean McGowan (Montville Coffee)
Sandra Gosling (COYO), Jacqui Price and Henry Gosling (COYO)
READ MORE ABOUT OUR AGM AND DOWNLOAD OUR 2022 ANNUAL REPORT HERE.
SAVE THE DATE – MTM23
We’re back in 2023 – and without COVID or travel restrictions! So get ready for more connections, more buyers, more networking, more FANtastic opportunities to meet our regions MAKERS! Discounted ticket price for Early Bird registrations before 31 January 2023.
BOOK HERE – or contact us for more info. Stay tuned for updates!
We’d like to welcome Anna Carrick into the role of FAN Sunshine Coast – Member Coordinator. Anna has been with us for a little while as an Events Coordinator, so you may have seen her at an event or two and hopefully had the pleasure of a chat. Anna is very passionate about our amazing Network and can’t wait to get to know everyone.
Commercial Kitchen space
The call out for Commercial Kitchen space is asked frequently of our member coordinators and in our closed members facebook group, so we have compiled a list as a quick go-to for members to access. If you have or know of a space, please drop an email to members@foodagribusiness.
Trade Shows in 2023?
Here’s a list of upcoming food and beverage trade and shows (that we know of to date).
Please indicate which shows you’re interested in attending and what type of support FAN can potentially offer.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE
Woolworths Organic Growth Fund
The Woolworths Organic Growth Fund has been established by Woolworths to support investment in organic farming projects by eligible Australian farmers.This funding will be made available to eligible Australian farmers in the form of interest-free loans and financial grants.
MORE INFO HERE.
Rural Economic Development Grants
The Rural Economic Development (RED) Grants offer up to $200,000 as a co-contribution grant to strengthen primary production sectors and bolster rural communities. Round five expressions of interest (EOI) opened on 9 November 2022 and will close on 30 January 2023.
MORE INFO HERE.
QRIDA Disaster Assistance Grants
A reminder that the QRIDA Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants for Businesses and Primary Producers, for SE QLD rainfall/flood impacts in Feb/April, has the due date extended to 10 March 2023.
MORE INFO HERE.
Round 4 – Wine Tourism & Cellar Door Grants
The objective of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant is to support wine or cider producers who add value by encouraging visitors to wine regions, and thereby encourage wine tourism.
MORE INFO HERE.
Thanks to the Successful Grants team who have provided the above information. Please contact the team if you would like to chat about how they can support you.
Member Resources & Opportunities
Sunshine Coast Biosphere
Are you a local resident and passionate about protecting and enhancing the future of our region? If so, now is the opportunity to consider applying for one of three positions on the Sunshine Coast Biosphere Community Advisory Group. There are a number of ways residents can submit their expression of interest.
FIND OUT MORE HERE
evokeAG 2023 Bursaries
The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur is seeking nominations from Queensland enterprises and ecosystem builders wishing to attend evokeAG 2023 in Adelaide on 20-21 February 2023.
Nominations close 5pm Friday 16 December 2022 Apply now here!
BONZA – thanks for answering our call out!
Thank you to all the members who responded to our call out for member product for the Bonza “Lucky Luggage Legend” inbound and outbound activations.
Special thanks to FAN’s Partners and Sponsors who provide significant resources towards the ongoing sustainability of FAN and the growth and resilience of our regions’ food and agribusiness industry.