Support needed to help keep regional industry growing

9 June 2022

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Support needed to help keep regional industry growing

 

One of south west Victoria’s key industry bodies is calling for community support so they can continue providing a voice for the agricultural community.

 

Food and Fibre Great South Coast (FFGSC) is asking the community to invest in the region’s future by making a small, tax-deductible donations.

 

Chair Georgina Gubbins said FFGSC was one year into its strategic plan and had made significant headway in supporting the region’s agricultural sector to grow but needed greater financial stability to continue.

 

“As a small, not-for-profit organisation we are not eligible for traditional forms of funding due to our inability to contribute matching funds.” Ms Gubbins said.

“We are asking the community we are fighting for to support us with a tax-deductible gift.”

 

Over the past 18 months Food and Fibre Great South Coast has commissioned leading research into region wide growth opportunities through changes to water policy, produced an 18-point plan for water policy development and worked to highlight the varied career pathways available in agriculture to encourage more young people to consider the sector as an employment option, Ms Gubbins said.

 

“The agricultural industry in south west Victoria accounts for over 21% of all jobs, drives 60% of the regional economy and contributes over $4 billion in annual GRP,” she said.

 

“It’s vital the agricultural sector has a prominent voice behind it to help foster growth, FFGSC has proven to be this voice and we are determined to continue.

 

“A commitment to a $5 a week donation, about the same as a cup of coffee, will make a significant difference to ensuring our work can continue and help our region flourish.”

 

To find out more about Food and Fibre Great South Coast and how to donate – please visit our website, https://southcoastfoodfibre.com.au/, and click on the ‘Donate’ button at the top of the page. FFGSC acknowledges the support and partnership of South West Community Foundation, and their help building public awareness for this campaign.

 

ENDS

 

 

Food and Fibre Great South Coast

Food and Fibre Great South Coast is the representative body for Victoria’s agricultural powerhouse that spans its South West. Representing over $4 billion in agricultural output annually, Food and Fibre GSC drives strategic change where it’s needed most: water management, sustainable practices, workforce issues and championing a positive industry image.

 

For more, visit https://southcoastfoodfibre.com.au/