$25,000 Reasons to Keep Your Tax Dollars Local with Food and Fibre Great South Coast

21 June 2023

 

 

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$25,000 Reasons to Keep Your Tax Dollars Local with Food and Fibre Great South Coast

We’re asking for your help.

Food and Fibre Great South Coast is gaining a reputation for making a positive difference for Victoria’s south west community, and many locals have reached into their pocket to back their work. Whether it be the 18-Point Plan for Sustainable Water Reform, meeting with over 1000 job seekers, or driving sustainable energy outcomes and investments in our region – the work Food and Fibre Great South Coast (FFGSC) is doing is helping real people locally and providing a powerful voice to state and federal policy makers.

Nearly one year ago, FFGSC offered community members the opportunity to directly contribute to innovative initiatives to drive community prosperity and wellbeing. Through the community partnership with South West Community Foundation, all donations are tax deductible and go towards backing local industry for sustainable growth for our community now and in the years to come.

Chair, Georgina Gubbins, said Food and Fibre Great South Coast had gone from strength to strength in representing the nation’s agricultural powerhouse, and it’s time to take the next step.

Food and Fibre Great South Coast is a small but mighty operation with ambitious goals and real plans to achieve them. Even though we are still operating as a start-up and don’t have a secure future, we manage to punch well above our weight and deliver on the most pressing issues for our entire regional community.  In ten months, our community has contributed over $25,000 to our cause. The support has blown us away, and it’s a reminder that every $5 donated more adds up quickly.

Whether it’s working across government and industry to realise the water opportunity, building the future of the region’s workforce or celebrating leadership for all seasons, FFGSC is a tiny but mighty organisation with a sizable remit towards securing our future prosperity.

By donating $5 or more to the community appeal, donors will go in the running to win a large, framed canvas print of an artwork Meerreeng ‘Country’ by Merindah-Gunya, a Kirrae and Peek Wurrong woman of the Gundjitmara nation. This artwork represents her experiences at the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre in the Grampians.

The prize will be on show at FFGSC’s Great South Coast Sustainable Energy Forum on July 19th 2023, and drawn at the Great South Coast Sustainable Water Forum event in Hamilton on February 14th 2024.

FFGSC Deputy Chair, Martin Clark, said the representative body was on a mission towards financial sustainability by living its values. “We’re proud to showcase the creativity of local artists, and supporting young Indigenous talent is high on our reconciliation agenda.

We ask everyone that values the work we do, and is in a position to do so, to donate $5 or more before the end of financial year. Simply put, if 1000 businesses each contributed $200 per annum, our organisation would be sustainable. We are not a membership body as we act for all community members, so financial support from our community is crucial.”

Your support goes a long way. All donations are truly appreciated and can be made here: https://www.givenow.com.au/foodandfibregsc

Find out more about Merindah-Gunya art here.

Free registration to the Great South Coast Sustainable Energy Forum here.

 

ENDS

Media contact:

Natalie Collard 

Chief Executive Officer

0413 009 373 | natalie@southcoastfoodfibre.com.au

 

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Food and Fibre Great South Coast is the representative body for Victoria’s agricultural powerhouse that spans its South West. Representing over $4 billion in agricultural output annually, Food and Fibre GSC drives strategic change where it’s needed most: water management, sustainable practices, workforce issues and championing a positive industry image. For more, visit www.foodfibregsc.com.au