Date Published: 05-04-17

Regional Development Australia Central Coast CEO Mr John Mouland, welcomes today’s announcement by The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO that the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will be funded with $50 million over ten years, through the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres program.

Mr Mouland said, “Regional Development Australia Central Coast is a member of the bid consortium, which was led by the Knowledge Economy Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), together with QUT and Curtin University.

The Food Agility bid has 54 partners across the food value chain – including 15 technology providers, 11 food production companies, 7 service providers, 7 research providers, 6 regional development agencies, 5 government agencies and 3 industry networks. RDA Central Coast was excited to support this very important initiative due to its alignment with our vision in developing the Central Coast as a Food Innovation 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 the local food industry. International research has shown that enhancing the food value chain is an integral component to enhancing regional economic development. 

The overarching objective of local initiative is to grow jobs, build regional business competitiveness and encourage national and international trade. We’ll be able to achieve this through collaboration, tapping into best practice innovation, education and research capabilities. 

The unique combination of partners committed to this initiative creates the opportunity to fast-track the transformation of Australia’s food and agricultural sectors that will directly assist the Central Coast in becoming known as a centre of food excellence. 

Regional Development Australia is excited about the possibilities that will be delivered by the Food Agility CRC as it provides Australia and its participating regions with the opportunity to match and surpass the capabilities of our global competitors and optimise the enormous potential the food and agriculture sector holds for the Australian economy.