This month I had the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion on manufacturing opportunities for our region – where I was pleased to see that the local food industry was well represented. During this session, it was announced that the next round of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund will open soon. We encourage interested members to be ‘grant ready’ for this significant opportunity.
We had another fantastic turn-out for our October member event, at Heads of Noosa. Thank you to Craig and the team for hosting us – for another great evening of conversations and connections.
We also greatly appreciate the positive feedback on these newsletters – much time and effort go into curating relevant information and resources for our members, so your input and feedback is appreciated and helps shapes how we can best provide value to our community.
Yours in collaboration,
The Federal Government is seeking input on its $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, of which food and beverage is identified as one of six priority areas. To implement the strategy, road maps will be developed to set the direction for each priority area over the next 10 years. Consultation is being sought to identify the strengths and opportunities for scaling manufacturing in Australia. Your feedback will help to develop these road maps for each priority area, setting the strategic direction over the next ten years. Have your say HERE.
Mary Valley Food Trail & Rail event
This food and drink discovery tour from Creative Tours and Events – as part of Noosa Eat & Drink summer celebration has it all. Join the group and wind your way through the beautiful Noosa Hinterland stopping off for a coffee roastery tour and tasting than it’s off to Kandanga Farm Store for a tour and light refreshments before heading off to the charming village of Amamoor. Here you will join the classic Mary Valley Rattler and ride the historic rails through to Gympie Station. Onboard you will be treated to a tasting plate full of local produce, a cool beverage and be regaled with the history of the Mary Valley Rattler. INCLUDES: Return transfers from Noosa, Mary Valley Rattler rail experience with Tasting Plate and beverage of choice, coffee and roastery tour, farm tour with refreshments. Book here.
Sunshine Butterflies this month held their first-ever Community Workshop – ‘Introduction to Bees’ which was a huge sold-out success. Guests had a fun and educational morning at their beautiful 5-acre community facility learning all about the life of Bees. Registered local Beekeeper John Writer provided a wonderfully informative workshop to all visitors on the environmental importance of Bees, how to begin your beekeeping journey and the processes behind hives and honey extraction. Head over to their page for details on the next unique workshop and info on the invaluable service they provide to our local community.
Planning for Business Recovery
If you’re one of the many businesses recovering from the impacts of COVID-19, the Federal Budget unveiled key opportunities that can be pivotal in helping you on your road ahead. With clarity on the support measures introduced, we discuss how you can approach planning for business recovery, and ensure you access your entitled benefits along the way. Read more about the opportunities here.
Part of carving out your road ahead also includes looking at where you are now – reassessing your business plan and undertaking a business health check. Our team of essential advisors can help you minimise risks and identify all of the opportunities for your business to maximise returns.
Need help? We offer FAN members a FREE no-obligation 30-minute meeting to discuss your business. Contact us today if you’d like to book an appointment.
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Special thanks to FAN’s Major Sponsors and Partners that provide significant resources towards the ongoing sustainability of FAN and the growth of our regions’ food and agribusiness industry.
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