FOOD PLAN BACKED WITH $250k
Media Release 2 April 2014
NOTE: FUNDING NOW CLOSED
Local industry and agribusiness groups will have the chance to secure a share of $250,000 worth of funding being provided by the Victorian Government to support Stage 1 of the Gippsland Food Plan.
“Far from being a Plan that gathers dust on the shelf, we are moving quickly with Government support to breathe immediate life into the Food Plan and get some early wins”, said RDA Gippsland Deputy Chair, Tim Weight.
Expressions of interest are now being sought from agribusiness and industry groups for projects that clearly demonstrate an economic or community benefit which align to one or more the Gippsland Food Plan’s priorities.
The Plan, designed to promote and grow Gippsland’s food industry was recently launched by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan.
“The Gippsland Food Plan aims to put Gippsland’s food industry on the world food map and encourage further investment in the region” added Mr Weight
“Our region is well positioned to take advantage of international demand for increased food security particularly in the Asian market and we need to act quickly” said Mr Weight
He said that a Gippsland Food Plan Implementation Working Group consisting of members of industry and government would soon be established to recommend projects, oversee implementation and report on progress.
“It will stimulate further investment in the region by promoting Gippsland’s competitive strengths, high quality products and value-adding processing and manufacturing capabilities,” Mr Weight said.
“Gippsland is already home to a diverse range of renowned products and production systems which help our food system to be sustainable and resilient. This plan aims to further support growth of these local activities; and to attract new investment.”
“Gippsland’s competitive strengths are many including climate change resilience, proximity to major cities, access to skilled labour and quality infrastructure,” Mr Weight said
Agribusinesses and industry groups had until 2 May 2014 to submit their expressions of interest. NOW CLOSED
Media enquiries: Tim Weight, deputy chair RDA Gippsland 0409 514 654 and Richard Elkington, chair RDA Gippsland 0418 345 130