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.
HOW IS IT FUNDED?
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 $1.5 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.
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 those are already beginning to contribute substantially towards the ongoing viability of the organisation.