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New website helps farmers to navigate disaster support

Farmers will now have access to more simplified information about localised support during natural disasters and drought, thanks to a new website developed by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and funded by the Queensland Government.

The farmerdisastersupport.org.au website presents the full cross-section of postcode specific financial and social wellbeing support available to farmers and primary producers, which will benefit the entire Queensland agriculture sector.

Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson commended QFF for developing this fantastic resource.

“During this record drought we have expanded financial and other assistance beyond farm business support to help farming families and farm communities,” Ms Donaldson said.

“This project has been funded from the Queensland Government’s Communities Assistance package and provides a handy central source to access the range of organisations providing assistance.”

Farmerdisastersupport.org.au was constructed through funding from the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services.

Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the useful new resource would help farmers access information more easily following a disaster.

“Queensland farmers are the cornerstone of our state which is why it is particularly important that we support them in crisis situations to make sure they can get back on their feet,” Ms Fentiman said.

QFF CEO Ruth Wade said the website allowed farmers and primary producers to input their postcode, select their industry and then see results and services specific to their local area which prioritises on-farm and industry specific advice and support.

“It can often be confusing and overwhelming when trying to access assistance during drought and natural disasters. Much of the assistance on offer comes from a variety of organisations and different levels of government and these can often be difficult to navigate,” Ms Wade said.

“What this website is designed to do is collate all these services and support networks into an easily negotiable, up to data set of localised results.

“QFF has worked closely with the Queensland Government and its industry member organisations to ensure we have delivered a service that will help everyday farmers access the support that is available to them.

“In Queensland we have had a long association with cyclones, floods and of course drought, with many farmers having to endure one event after another.”

Visit the website now: farmerdisastersupport.org.au

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Mieke’s sprout-fed beef is a real treat

BEEF stud-cattle breeder and producer Mieke Fortune says prosperity and the economic strength of the region depends on our ability to support each other and primary producers.

“If you really want to leave your mark on this world, worry about your children, worry about your local community,” she said.

“The world would be a better place if everyone looked after their own community and spent their money there.”

Read full article on the Sunshine Coast Daily website

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FAN Launch – Networking Fanfare for the Food & Agribusiness Industry

The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) is a newly formed membership based not-for-profit company set up by the industry to support the food and agribusiness industry within the Greater Sunshine Coast Region (Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay and Gympie). Major FAN sponsors in its inaugural year include Sunshine Tropical, Gourmet Garden, Wimmers, Coyo, Epicurean Products, Tropico, Buderim Ginger, RADAQUA and Nutworks

FAN Chairman, Andrew Eves-Brown, also the Chief Operating Officer for Gourmet Garden recently awarded the Outstanding Business Person of the year at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards will be hosting a FAN launch event on the 3rd of December from 4pm and local Chef Matt Golinski will be catering.

The FAN launch will be an invitation only networking event exclusively for the food agribusiness industry. It will be held at Gourmet Garden’s herb processing facility in Palmwoods. The launch will include a factory tour, opening address by Mayor Mark Jamieson, a vision for FAN by Andrew Eves-Brown and the Sunshine Coast University will share the key findings extracted from a recently conducted food and agribusiness research paper called ‘Building the Links’.

The launch will be a perfect opportunity to find out more about becoming a Member of FAN and to meet with other Members of the industry, often facing similar business issues. “It’s an excellent opportunity for local food and agricultural businesses to join FAN so that together we can help grow the industry. The Sunshine Coast epitomises the image that the food and agribusiness industry wants to portray. It represents the clean, fresh, sustainability of the area – the true Natural Advantage” said Andrew Eves-Brown, FAN Chairman.

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High Profile Industry Launch Event Ticket Sell Out!

All set to be a Networking Fanfare for the Food & Agribusiness Industry

The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) is a newly formed membership based not-for-profit company set up by the industry to support the food and agribusiness industry within the Greater Sunshine Coast Region (Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay and Gympie). FAN Chairman, Andrew Eves-Brown, also the Chief Operating Officer for Gourmet Garden recently awarded the Outstanding Business Person of the year at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards is delighted that the launch event with local Chef Matt Golinski catering has sold out which an overwhelming response from industry.

The FAN launch is an invitation only networking event exclusively for the food agribusiness industry. It will be held at Gourmet Garden’s herb processing facility in Palmwoods. The launch will include a factory tour, opening address by Mayor Mark Jamieson, a vision for FAN by Andrew Eves-Brown and the Sunshine Coast University will share the key findings extracted from a recently conducted food and agribusiness research paper called ‘Building the Links’.

The launch will be a perfect opportunity for the industry to start working together better as often businesses are facing similar business issues. “It’s an excellent opportunity for local food and agricultural businesses to join FAN so that together we can help grow the industry. The Sunshine Coast epitomises the image that the food and agribusiness industry wants to portray. It represents the clean, fresh, sustainability of the area – the true Natural Advantage” said Andrew Eves-Brown, FAN Chairman.

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For further information please contact Andrew Eves-Brown, FAN Chairman and also Chief Operations Officer of Gourmet Garden

t +61 7 5453 2542 |  m +61 0 403 795 899 andrew.eves-brown@gourmetgarden.com

 

 

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FAN Launch – Networking Fanfare for the Food & Agribusiness Industry

The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) is a newly formed membership based not-for-profit company set up by the industry to support the food and agribusiness industry within the Greater Sunshine Coast Region (Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay and Gympie). Major FAN sponsors in its inaugural year include Sunshine Tropical, Gourmet Garden, Wimmers, Coyo, Epicurean Products, Tropico, Buderim Ginger, RADAQUA and Nutworks

FAN Chairman, Andrew Eves-Brown, also the Chief Operating Officer for Gourmet Garden recently awarded the Outstanding Business Person of the year at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards will be hosting a FAN launch event on the 3rd of December from 4pm and local Chef Matt Golinski will be catering.

The FAN launch will be an invitation only networking event exclusively for the food agribusiness industry. It will be held at Gourmet Garden’s herb processing facility in Palmwoods. The launch will include a factory tour, opening address by Mayor Mark Jamieson, a vision for FAN by Andrew Eves-Brown and the Sunshine Coast University will share the key findings extracted from a recently conducted food and agribusiness research paper called ‘Building the Links’.

The launch will be a perfect opportunity to find out more about becoming a Member of FAN and to meet with other Members of the industry, often facing similar business issues. “It’s an excellent opportunity for local food and agricultural businesses to join FAN so that together we can help grow the industry. The Sunshine Coast epitomises the image that the food and agribusiness industry wants to portray. It represents the clean, fresh, sustainability of the area – the true Natural Advantage” said Andrew Eves-Brown, FAN Chairman.

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For further information please contact Jacqueline Wilson-Smith, FAN Secretary and also Gourmet Garden, Head of Innovation & Marketing  jws@gourmetgarden.com Mobile 0408997437 or direct line 07 54450961

 

 

 

More details about FAN

AGRIBUSINESS was identified as one of the 7 High Value Industries for the Sunshine Coast (Regional Economic Development Strategy – REDS).

FAN endeavours to tap into increased demand for food and agricultural resources – both locally and globally.

FAN core values include:

#FAN is greater than the sum of its parts, we believe as a collective we can achieve more together.

#FAN provides a clear, strong and united voice for the business community by working across the production to consumption value chain to improve the regions business environment.

#FAN is the meeting point where the food and agribusiness industry members are encouraged to meet, share ideas, innovate and collaborate to grow their business, and in so doing, the regional economy.

#FAN is not constrained by geopolitical boundaries – it brings together dynamic businesses from across the Greater Sunshine Coast Region.

#FAN brings together industry, academic research and knowledge to benefit its’ members and to grow the food and agribusiness sectors in the region.

FAN will grow to be the central point of contact for the industry, so by joining FAN there will be many benefits for its members and support for businesses affiliated to the industry. Annual Membership fees are required to enable FAN to continue its core purpose of helping the industry grow