Foodies gather to grow the Burnett
MONTO residents have exchanged ideas about food security in the region.
The Local Fresh Foodies Dinner at the Mulgildie Hotel had 25 attendees.
Vice-president of Growing the Burnett, Ross Anderson, said the issue of food security was highlighted in the 2011 floods when roads were cut.
“The North Burnett produces a lot of food which is exported to Brisbane then imported back to the region,” he said.
“This shows the food miles involved in bringing produce to consumers.
“On the Sunshine Coast, for example, fresh food sales are
‘Local farmers’ markets are good, but the stall fees can be discouraging to those wanting to display their produce.’
worth $900 million annually which is greater than tourism revenue.
“They are pushing to produce more of their own food to keep more of that money in their economy.”
Local farmer David Schulz grows his own vegetables as an intense hobby.
But he said looking after farmers was his main job.
Mr Schulz said the meeting was a good start in getting people to bring forward their ideas.
However getting a fair deal for producers was the main problem.
“Getting pumpkins to Brisbane is easy but you need volume to make a profit,” Mr Schulz said.
“Local farmers’ markets are good, but the stall fees can be discouraging to those wanting to display their produce.”
North Burnett Regional Councillor Paul Lobegeier said agriculture would remain the backbone of the region despite mining making an appearance.
He said the council was open to suggestions to combat the problems facing food producers.
“We need to motivate our- selves, not feel sorry for ourselves,” Cr Lobegeier said.
The dinner was convened by theNorth Burnett Regional Council, North Burnett Futures and Growing the Burnett.
FOOD AWAITS: Fred Jarvis gathers his thoughts before the Local Fresh Foodies Dinner at the Mulgildie Hotel.
Trisha Hansen, Carly Burnham, (front) Lily and Ruby Burnham join the group at the Mulgildie Hotel.
Tameka Gogerly and Ross Anderson wait to contribute at the Local Fresh Foodies Dinner at the Mulgildie Hotel.
Col O'Sullivan and Simon Williams exchange opinions at the Mulgildie Hotel.
David and Jenny Bebbington take a break from talking food at the Mulgildie Hotel.