A cutting-edge digital platform will now allow farmers, food producers, winemakers and chefs in Queensland’s Scenic Rim region to attract customers by showcasing the region’s diverse bounty of local products on an online platform.
Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz, who attended today’s launch, said the Eat Local Scenic Rim initiative gives tourists and locals a pleasant and fulfilling way to tour the region.
“By developing an online platform featuring local producers and businesses – complementing the existing Scenic Rim Eat Local Week – consumers now have an exciting new way to connect to the region’s producers,” Mr Buchholz said.
“People visiting our beautiful region can have some real and engaging experiences with the men and women who produce our vegetables, dairy products, olives, honey, wine, craft beer and coffee all within the Scenic Rim area.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $80,000 investment in the Eat Local Scenic Rim project will help promote tourism within the region and increase turnover for local businesses.
“This exciting program is already off to a great start, with 56 local businesses being accredited for the new Eat Local Scenic Rim initiative and even two volumes of an ‘Eat Local’ cookbook being produced, showing the depth of the community support for the initiative,” Mr McCormack said.
“It will also encourage social interaction and community engagement by making it much easier for local residents to meet and engage with local producers.”
Mayor of Scenic Rim Greg Christensen said consumers were hungry for Scenic Rim produce beyond Eat Local Week, and the region’s growing reputation as a gourmet destination means the time is right.
“The Scenic Rim has been emerging in recent years and developing a growing reputation for producing wonderful food and wine, for gourmet getaways and stunning scenery,” Cr Christensen said.
“It's now taking its rightful place alongside Australia’s other iconic ‘foodie’ destinations, and we have the added advantage of only being an hour away from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.”
The $160,000 Eat Local Scenic Rim project was jointly funded between the Australian Government and the Scenic Rim Regional Council.