In 2017, Regional Development Australia Central Coast & Central Coast Industry Connect partnered to deliver a sustainable food innovation / manufacturing model as part of the Central Coast Food Innovation Region Initiative for the Central Coast region.
At its core, the Central Coast Food Innovation Region Initiative is about leveraging the NSW Central Coast’s underlying existing strengths and realising economic benefit through growing and innovating the local food industry. The premium food, food security and food innovation movement is gaining momentum around the world and gradually being embraced on the Central Coast. International research has shown that innovating the food value chain is integral to enhancing regional economic development.
The overarching objective of this initiative is to grow jobs, build regional business competitiveness and encourage national and international trade. This will be achieved through a united vision, unprecedented collaboration, innovation, education and research.
Photo of the partners in the MOU on the Central Coast Food Innovation Initiative,
from Left to right: Nick Talley Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Research) & Laureate Professor, KevinHall Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), John Mouland CEO RDACC, Frank Sammut EO CCIC, Alan Broadfoot Director NIER