Date Published: 27-04-18

Move over MKR -- the who’s who of food production, manufacturing and gastronomic entrepreneurialism converged upon Mingara Recreation Club today, as part of the Central Coast Food Innovation initiative, designed to position our region as a leading culinary innovator on the world stage.

Hosted by Regional Development Australia – Central Coast (RDACC) and Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC), the Food Futures forum attracted industry leaders, prominent academics and the best business minds from all sectors of the food chain.

Featuring keynote speakers including John Mouland (CEO RDACC) and Professor Kevin Hall (Newcastle University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation), the event also formally recognised the newly established partnership between RDACC, CCIC and the University of Newcastle (UNEW) that will underpin the creation of the Central Coast as an internationally renowned centre for excellence in food and agricultural innovation.

RDACC Chairman, Mr Phil Walker, said the forum brought together a coveted panel of industry leaders, government sector experts, research specialists and innovation practitioners to assist in positioning the Central Coast as a leading food destination through collaborative industry and community partnerships.

“The Food Innovation Initiative is about leveraging our region’s existing strengths and realising economic benefit through growing and shaping our local food industry,” said Mr Walker.

“The Food Futures forum was a pivotal step in achieving this aim – bringing together the key players and leading the discussion about what the future looks for the Central Coast as a coveted food innovation region.”

CCIC Executive Officer, Mr Frank Sammut, said the event was successful in connecting food industry professionals with world class academia. “One of the strategic aims of the Food Innovation Initiative is to develop mutually beneficial research partnerships between the university, producers, manufacturers and suppliers within our local food industry,” said Mr Sammut.

“By providing such a forum for connection and collaboration, Food Futures is supporting the objective to grow the Central Coast’s capabilities and reputation as a world-class food producer and manufacturer.”

Following the success of today’s event, further forums are planned to continue the discussion and progression of the Central’s Coast’s food future.


Central Coast Food Innovation Initiative Industry Launch & Food Futures Chairs Opening Speech


About the Food Innovation Initiative

At its core, the Central Coast Food Innovation Initiative aims to grow our local food industry, create new jobs in this sector and build sustainable regional business competitiveness. 

There are six strategic regional initiatives being implemented to support this aim:

  • Development of a world-leading Food Innovation Centre.
  • Business development and attraction projects including establishment of supply chain partnerships, formation of transport and logistics hubs, and creation of tourism and hospitality ventures.
  • Enhancement of research and development (R&D) capabilities.
  • Skill development in this sector.
  • Creation and positioning of the Central Coast as a Food Destination.
  • Focus on nutrition and welfare.



Regional Development Australia – Central Coast (RDACC) is part of a national network of committees dedicated to growing strong and economically viable regional communities.

RDACC builds effective partnerships between government, business and the community to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting the Central Coast.

As the voice for the Central Coast, RDACC develops regional growth plans and strategies that support economic development, create new jobs, encourage skills development and attract business investment.


Further enquiries:

Mr John Mouland

Chief Executive Officer
P: 4349 4949/ MOB NUMBER 0438 695 708