Site will showcase and promote Tin Can Bay seafood
GYMPIE'S best food will be showcased on a new website to promote the region and its great primary produce.
Gympie Gold Regional Produce is the name of the new site and it will showcase Tin Can Bay seafood after a recent tour of the bay.
The visit was organised to help local producers and industry representatives gain a greater understanding about the diversity of the food industry in the Gympie Region.
Governance and Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Tony Perrett said Gympie Gold Regional Produce was an initiative of Council and the food industry in the Gympie Region.
He said the idea was to showcase and promote the Gympie region's exceptional range of fresh and value-added produce and the food industry businesses that called the Gympie region home.
"As a primary producer, I understand the importance of the agricultural and food industry to our region through its contribution to economic growth and creation of employment opportunities," Cr Perrett said.
"I encourage all food industry businesses in the region to list on the website and take advantage of these promotion opportunities."
Kevin Reibel, Tin Can Bay trawler owner operator and board member of the Queensland Seafood Industry Association, said the industry visit was a great opportunity to showcase the local industry.
"We have some of the finest seafood caught in the cleanest waters off the Queensland Coast, sold on both the Australian and export market," Mr Reibel said.
"This industry visit provided the opportunity for people to gain a greater insight into what goes into catching and processing our world class seafood."
Tin Can Bay trawler operators, their families and staff combined forces to serve up a feast of prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, sandcrab, spanner crab, fish and deep fried coconut prawns.
Lisa Lee, owner/manager of Lee Fishing Company, provided an expert insight into the processing of fresh-caught scallops through the family's long-established factory and retail outlet at Tin Can Bay.
"We take pride in the quality of the seafood that we process and sell," Mrs Lee said.
"Our company exports local spanner crab meat and scallops to countries including Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia and we receive very good feedback about the excellent quality of our produce."