Agri-Hub for a strong food future

Noosa hinterland. Photo: Noosa Council.

Noosa and the surrounding region have the opportunity to create a vibrant, productive and regenerative agricultural economy.

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation is working with Country Noosa and its partners to facilitate the Noosa & Region Agri-Hub to support a strong food economy in the region.

The Noosa & Region Agri-Hub initiative builds on the Noosa Hinterland Rural Enterprise Plan 2019, an in-depth study launched by Country Noosa to better understand rural activities and opportunities in the Noosa Shire.

The Rural Business Plan has identified eight key recommendations which the Noosa & Region Agri-Hub program aims to further explore and activate.

Key to these recommendations was to connect the community, support agricultural enterprises and build food resilience in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve and surrounding region.

The report highlighted opportunities to increase carbon capture and storage and develop a circular economy that provides jobs and economic diversity.

Although still in its consultation phase, it is envisaged that the Agri-Hub will bring together landowners and farmers and provide pathways for young farmers and entrepreneurs to take advantage of food and agrotourism opportunities.

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation is hosting a stakeholder symposium to determine how the Agri-Hub initiative will move forward.

A major survey is now being consulted to capture the current economic dollar value of Noosa Shire’s food production economy. Food producers and growers are encouraged to complete the Farm Market Survey and contribute to the advancement of food production in the County at by June 15.

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