Restaurateurs and Retail go online to support Qld farmers

Posted by Josette Dunn on 21st January 2011

Amid the recent flood devastation in Queensland a motivated group of business people, primary producers and restaurateurs with the support of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), have set up a website to allow retailers, wholesalers and growers of local Queensland produce the opportunity to let consumers and potential stockists know how they can still access their products despite the recent devastation.Support QLD Producers has been set up as a not-for-profit organisation to provide a forum for industry to get the message out that they are still operating and to let Australia know what they have to offer and where it is available.

Stuart Ostle from award-winning Granite Belt winery Ballandean Estate is one of the central figures behind this initiative, and comments “Australians know that farmers and other primary producers are the backbone of many regional communities, and that so many of them have been dramatically affected by the floods, while many more have lost everything.”

“However it is important that we realise that there still are a great number of producers that are still operating, even if at a reduced level, and they still have products to sell.”

“We also want to give the producers that have lost everything, including their immediate market, a place to start once they get back up and running.”

The last few weeks have seen many Australians prepared to chip in and help out to get Queensland up and running, and choosing Queensland grown produce is a great way to help get the producers back on their feet.