Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC) has won a contract from Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), the Federal Government’s initiative to foster commercially driven collaboration and innovation across the Australian food and agribusiness industry that will see it receive $393,000 in matched funding over three years.
This is a shot in the arm for the Central Coast Food Innovation Initiative which was established to build the Central Coast’s reputation as an internationally renowned centre of excellence in food innovation.
Commenting on the announcement, CCIC’s Executive Officer, Frank Sammut said, “The signing of this contract will provide the resource to focus on developing the region’s capacity in the food and agribusiness sector. This is a great boost for the Central Coast Food Innovation Initiative and the partnership between Regional Development Australia Central Coast and the University of Newcastle”.
“For our organisation this is recognition of the work we continue to do to support industry, economic development and jobs in our region”, he said.
The funding will enable CCIC to work to deliver a sustainable model that extends beyond the three-year funding package to help the Central Coast’s food and agribusiness industry connect to export opportunities, adopt innovation, grow and ultimately increase employment opportunities for the region.