“Be proud Gundy, you’ve got something special.”
While Australian Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud said that while announcing a $20,000 grant to sell Goondiwindi to the world, and while the money was going directly to the Discover Farming Festival Committee, he was speaking about a community who has finally begun to discover itself.
And just how good it is.
Mr Littleproud was in town last week, telling Goodiwindi producers and industries they are in the national spotlight, and hopefully, the international one as well.
“This funding of $20,000 – through the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – will showcase local producers and industries in Goondiwindi and the surrounding regions,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Goondiwindi and the surrounding areas span over a total land area of around 19,300 square kilometres. The region makes a huge agricultural contribution to industries such as cotton, grain growing, sheep and cattle grazing.
“Discover Farming is an interactive tourism project as it allows people to taste, feel and experience local products.” Mr Littleproud said he hoped the new round of funding would stimulate more tourism in Maranoa both domestically and internationally.
“Attracting tourists is a great way to keep our communities alive,” he said. “Our local producers and industries support the development of Australia’s most innovative and exciting technology. We anticipate that the Discover Farming event will generate some international interest.
“Recent studies reveal that 97% of visitors are domestic. Figures from last year showed the number of domestic visitors to the region increased by more than 20%. This means Aussies are keen to explore their back yard and the Discover Farming Festival is just another great reason to visit the Goondiwindi region.
“The figures are good news for many bush towns hit by drought that now rely heavily on tourism to supplement their income. I think the wider international market is yet to appreciate the scale and quality of produce coming out of the region.” Goondiwindi was recently named one of the best regional towns to live in Australia.