Inaugural meeting of Food and Wine Champions.
Inaugural meeting of Food and Wine Champions.

Champions to cut red tape

THERE are enough hoops for you to jump through to become a dairy farmer.

If you want to turn your milk into cheese, you’ll face another lengthy list of requirements.

Perhaps you want to sell your cheese on site and open a little cafe.

Yet another band of red tape is likely to put you off for good.

However, a new project, the Food and Wine Experience Development, will look to tackle these sorts of issues as it works with tourism bodies, government agencies and local councils to try and push forward a gourmet trail for south east country Queensland.

Back in 2009, $149,000 of funding was made available for three regions to develop a Food and Wine Experience.

However, there were too many gaps in the market and infrastructure.

The inaugural meeting of the nominated champions from each of the three regions of Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Darling Downs and South Burnett involved in the Food and Wine Experience Development (FAWED) project was held in Toowoomba last week.

These champions (pictured) from all different sectors included primary production, value add, manufacturing, government and industry came together for the first time to be briefed on the project.

“This is a ground breaking project,” Jules McMurtrie, Regional Tourism Development Officer for South East Queensland Country said.

Improvements in multifunctional farming will see the group speak to councils and encourage them to adopt a new planning code to allow more innovation and to adapt.

Ms McMurtrie said it would also focus on the local supply network and DEEDI would be on board.

“The floods highlighted anything it was that there was too much dependence on the central markets.”

She said the initiative would focus on changing the culture of the market and ultimately putting the producers to the forefront.



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