R O Y A L T I E S   F O R   R E G I O N S 

The Food Council was initially founded by a group of passionate local producers and those recognising the benefits that major production expansion and agri-tourism could bring the area in late 2010.

Its role was formalised following receipt of funding under the State Government's Royalties for Regions initiative. A steering committee, incorporating the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Shire of Manjimup and South West Development Commission, was set up to support and monitor the project.

A Committee of Management comprising of local producers was formed to help steer the direction of its work in November 2012.

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ROYALTIES FOR REGIONS FUNDING CONCLUDES

Through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions’ initiative, the Southern Forests Food Council was awarded a $5 million investment, as part of a $7 million allocation to the Shire of Manjimup for its Agricultural Expansion Project, in May 2012.

In June 2018 the Southern Forests Food Council secured a further $1 million over three years through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program to support the Council’s on-going activities in developing economic opportunities for the region.

These projects and funding have now concluded.

 

SUSTAINABILITY AND MOVING FORWARD

The Food Council has truly become a regional representational organisation, with a successful overarching regional brand, and are working on different streams of revenue to ensure that both the Genuinely Southern Forests brand and the Food Council mature to a level where they become financially self-sustaining.

Since 2012 the Food Council has explored multiple channels to generate revenue. Several of these are now contributing towards the ongoing viability of the organisation.

 

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