Event a boost to econ­omy

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Tari Jef­fers

THE up­com­ing Truf­fle Ker­fuf­fle is ex­pected to in­ject more than $2 mil­lion into the South West when the an­nual Man­jimup event kicks off from June 22-24.

This an­nounce­ment was made at the Truf­fle Ker­fuf­fle’s launch on May 30, where or­gan­is­ers, spon­sors and sup­port­ers came to­gether to cel­e­brate the start of the event.

Event di­rec­tor Max Brear­ley said last year’s event had a $2.1 mil­lion eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the South West, most of which he said was felt in Man­jimup.

“That came from an in­de­pen­dent Tourism WA re­port,” Mr Brear­ley said.

“That’s not count­ing the on­go­ing im­pact for the trade part­ner­ships and truf­fle pro­duc­ers.”

He said while the eco­nomic ben­e­fit was sig­nif­i­cant, the event’s im­pact on the re­gion’s tourism was also im­por­tant. “It’s still a com­mu­nity-owned event and is not-for-profit,” he said.

“It’s driven from a dif­fer­ent mo­ti­va­tion than a com­mer­cial event.”

At the launch, Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei said the re­gion’s truf­fles went to 30 coun­tries around the world.

“2018 is set to be the best year ever for vis­i­ta­tion and the truf­fle sea­son is look­ing very good,” Cr Omodei said.

“We as the shire are proud to be a spon­sor of the event.”

Spe­cial guest chefs will this year in­clude Aus­tralian Mark Best, Perth’s Scott Bran­ni­gan, Sam Ais­bett from Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralian Guy Grossi, UK’s Marianne Lamb, South­ern Forests’ David Coomer and So­phie Zalokar and Perth’s Sue Hutchins.

Mr Brear­ley said this year’s line up ex­em­pli­fied what the or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee was aim­ing to do in el­e­vat­ing what the Truf­fle Ker­fuf­fle could of­fer.

“It’s not just a step for­ward, it’s a leap for­ward,” he said.

“Sam Ais­bett sees it as a re­search trip to come to the South­ern Forests and see how truf­fles are pro­duced and taken care of.”

Mr Brear­ley added peo­ple should buy tick­ets now as many events were al­ready sell­ing out.

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