West Tamar food trail proposed

A FOOD trail along the West Tamar would help to boost tourism and ultimately jobs in the area, according to the Greens.

In announcing the five state election Greens candidates for the seat of Lyons, Greens deputy leader Tim Morris said the proposed food trail was a venture that could be rolled out around the state if successful.

The $70,000 plan to boost the marketing of food and hospitality in the West Tamar region would help to grow tourism opportunities and local business, Mr Morris said.

The Greens candidates announced include Break O'Day deputy mayor Hannah Rubenach, Southern Beaches Coastcare president Glenn Millar, anti-pulp mill campaigner Stephanie Taylor, registered nurse with extensive managerial experience in care facilities Pip Brinklow and Mr Morris.

The candidates live and work across the electorate.

Mr Morris said the gourmet trail would complement the art and wine trails that are already operating, and add to the experience for visitors, but also drive more local business.

``In particular with the gourmet trail, what we're looking to do is to try and make sure local businesses use local food to generate jobs on local farms and also to reduce the food miles of food - make sure it is fresh and it's identifiable locally,'' he said.

``That gives business to local farms and gives more jobs there, and hopefully with the joint promotion, that will just give everyone, every business involved, a bit more critical mass because they'll be able to jointly market together to visitors.''

He said the trail would be online as well as in a brochure format.

Mr Morris said some of the big issues for Lyons were job creation and the development of small enterprise, training and re-skilling the unemployed, access to health services and education with greater opportunities in rural communities to increase the retention rate. 

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