Minister for Primary Industries and Small Business, Katrina Hodgkinson, today launched a
new food trail which is leading the way in attracting tourists to southern NSW.
Speaking at Fine Food Australia 2013 in Sydney, Ms Hodgkinson praised the organisers of
the newly formed Southern NSW Harvest Association for enticing people to visit one of the
State’s finest agricultural regions.
“The Southern NSW Harvest is showing the way engaging consumers with the quality and variety of NSW food, wine and fibre,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“This farm-gate trail starts a stone’s throw from Sydney and provides a unique opportunity
for consumers to meet the producers of food and wine, to see animals and the crops, and
to taste the fresh produce.
“The Southern NSW Harvest region is a particularly special area of prime agricultural lands,
beginning at the Southern Highlands and extending south through Gundagai and west to
Ms Hodgkinson said the Southern NSW Harvest footprint spans 14 local government areas
and that the initiative incorporates a digital trading platform designed to bring together
stakeholders from across the regional food value chain to collaborate and trade.
“This technology provides a globally accessible, user-friendly, digital marketplace where
businesses can communicate and trade around the clock,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“Farmers and value-adders can list and sell their produce directly to other food industry
businesses such as retailers, food service providers and processors.
“Already more than 80 primary producers and food-related enterprises have joined the
Southern NSW Harvest to showcase their business and region.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said the creation of the program was
assisted with a grant from the Destination NSW Regional Tourism Product Development
Funding Program in 2011.
“Food and Wine is a priority market segment as identified in the Visitor Economy Taskforce
Report and the NSW Government is keen to support it,” Mr Souris said.
“The report identified food and wine as one of the top three reasons why people visit NSW
from other states.
“The Regional Tourism Product Development Program was an election commitment and
the NSW Government has provided $50,000 to assist Southern NSW Harvest establish
these important touring routes.”
Southern Harvest NSW project officer, Richard Everson, said the association addresses a
significant regional need.
“The ‘short supply chain’ model of the regional food system bypasses traditional centralised
markets, saving up to 20 per cent in transport costs, optimising freshness and dramatically
reducing food miles,” Mr Everson said.
“It truly is a win-win situation for consumers and producers alike.”