18 June 2019
Sunshine Coast Airport has signed a partnership settlement with the Meals and Agribusiness Community (FAN) with the purpose of boosting meals exports from the area to nationwide and global markets.
FAN is a number one Australian meals and agribusiness cluster, supporting the expansion of the trade around the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Noosa and Moreton Bay.
FAN facilitates alternatives for its 300 contributors to attach, be informed and collaborate via networking occasions, trade abilities workshops, business presentations, mentoring and methods and services and products that construct capacity and capability.
The Sunshine Coast’s meals trade is valued at $750 million every year and that is anticipated to succeed in $1 billion by way of 2022. Greater than 900 companies function in horticulture, dairy manufacturing, seafood, nurseries and meals and beverage processing. Meals and agribusiness additionally give a boost to a burgeoning meals tourism sector, with the area famend for the standard of its eating places, cooking colleges, farm-gate reviews, specialist meals excursions, craft brewers and occasions.
The area’s meals trade is forecast to be among the executive benefactors from the release of a brand new prolonged runway in 2020, along side plans for a devoted freight logistics centre as a part of the not too long ago introduced Sunshine Coast Airport Draft Grasp Plan 2040.
Sunshine Coast Airport Leader Govt Officer, Andrew Brodie, mentioned that the possibility of rising air freight on account of the airport growth made the partnership with FAN very well timed.
“The infrastructure deliberate for the Airport has the prospective to boost up the expansion of meals exports over the following 20 years,” mentioned Mr Brodie.
“Preliminary analysis has proven that native companies checklist exports as their largest alternative to amplify gross sales over the following 5 years, and they’d imagine utilising Sunshine Coast Airport supplied it’s commercially viable.
“The concern to begin with shall be rising home air freight, utilising the bellies of home passenger plane. Eating places in Sydney and Melbourne have already got an urge for food for Mooloolaba prawns and different top class seafood, and with quicker and extra environment friendly manner of transporting high-value, time-sensitive produce there are superb potentialities for rising the Sunshine Coast’s marketplace percentage in numerous top markets.
“We will be able to additionally glance to amplify global routes in the long run and those wide-bodied passenger plane will be capable to go back sporting fine quality dairy merchandise, seafood, contemporary produce and artisan meals and drinks.
“To counterpoint the alternatives supplied by way of the brand new runway, the not too long ago introduced Sunshine Coast Airport Draft Master Plan 2040 proposes a logistics and freight centre as a part of the advance of a brand new Airport North Precinct which might come with chilly garage amenities adapted particularly for freighting contemporary produce and processed meals.”
Common Supervisor of FAN, Emma Greenhatch, welcomed the partnership settlement, announcing “The Better Sunshine Coast is likely one of the quickest rising meals areas within the nation and the growth of the Sunshine Coast Airport will open up new business alternatives for our meals and agribusiness trade each nationally and across the world.
“FAN delivers methods and services and products that help contributors to expand the features they want to amplify their markets. Extra home flights from the Sunshine Coast and, in time, global flights, will strengthen marketplace get admission to and give a boost to long run trade competitiveness.
“Key infrastructure initiatives like the growth of the airport now not simplest create new trade alternatives, they pressure trade self belief and put a focus at the Sunshine Coast as a rising area with robust funding doable.
“We look ahead to running intently with the Sunshine Coast Airport to facilitate new expansion alternatives for our meals and agribusiness trade.”
Symbol: (left to proper) Emma Greenhatch, Meals and Agribusiness Community; Andrew Brodie, Sunshine Coast Airport; Heidi Walker, Walker Seafoods.