Bundaberg online gurus in top 10
BUNDABERG business Local Farm Produce has been announced as one of Australia’s top businesses as part of the 2016 Regional Online Heroes competition.
Local Farm Produce is a website that connects consumers with local producers and farmers to buy directly.
It’s one of 10 unique and inspiring regional businesses from across Australia that have been announced as finalists in Google’s 2016 Regional Online Heroes competition.
The website was the brainchild of Sarah Waldock, who, with her partner, runs cattle on her parents’ farm near Bundaberg.
Her first aim was to promote and sell their cattle direct to the public but she then realised there was a need for something that would help connect all producers and consumers.
Farmers and producers can promote their produce, products and events directly to the public.
The website lists the producers, what they supply, what state and region they are in and where you can find their produce – whether it be at farm gate, by private arrangement or at specified locations.
The top 10 were selected from more than 150 entries by a panel of experts, including Minister for Small Business, the Hon Michael McCormack MP; digital entrepreneur and founder of successful regional business Birdsnest, Jane Cay; founder of Bridestowe Lavender Estate in regional Tasmania, Robert Ravens; the RAI CEO, Jack Archer; and Head of Small Business at Google Australia, John Ball.
“The candidates for this year’s competition lifted the bar.
“It was heartbreaking to select a top 10 from the many outstanding organisations thriving in unexpected pockets across the regions,” Jane Cay said.
“I found myself reading their stories, visiting the sites, getting lost in the experience and excited about the possibilities for regional Australia if we can keep producing heroes like these.”
Mr McCormack congratulated the 2016 top 10 finalists and highlighted the importance of small and medium sized businesses.
“Small and medium sized business is the cornerstone of economic and community prosperity in regional Australia and this year’s Regional Online Heroes do the nation proud,” Mr McCormack said.
“Their entrepreneurial use of the internet to create and deliver innovative products and services based in regional Australia spotlights the important role they play in providing jobs and strengthening communities.”
Finalists will be flown to Google’s Sydney HQ for an exclusive masterclass on Monday, December 5, where they will be given new tools and learn methods to grow their businesses even further.
One finalist will then be announced as the national winner at a cocktail reception on Sydney Harbour.
I found myself reading their stories, visiting the sites, getting lost in the experience and excited about the possibilities for regional Australia if we can keep producing heroes like these. — Jane Cay
LOCAL PRODUCE: Cathal Murphy, Katherine Mergard, The Hon Leanne Donaldson, Sarah Waldock, Allan Waldock and Jan Waldock at the launch of the Local Farm Produce website.