December 21st, 2009 nola
Women’s Only PDC in Far North Queensland with Rosemary Morrow
Acclaimed author of “The Earth Users Guide to Permaculture”
Sunday 14th March– Sunday 28th March 2010
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take part in a very special two week Women’s Only
Permaculture Design Certificate Course, taught by one of the best, internationally renowned
teachers in the world. Rosemary is the acclaimed author of “The Earth Users Guide to
Permaculture” and a role model for all aspiring female Permaculturists.
This rare Women’s Only event promises to be an opportunity not to be missed.
The course will incorporate intensive theory and practice in all aspects of Permaculture Design.
This course is being held at FreeRange Permaculture’s demonstration site “Rosella Waters”,
a stunning 6 acres situated right on the banks of the Barron River.
The course fee for this two week course is $1,300. This fee includes all meals (omni or veg) and
basic camping facilities over the two week period.
For details click here (PDF document takes time to download)
To book your place or for more information contact:-
Kym & Georgie Kruse
FreeRange Permaculture Design & Education for Urban & Rural Development
331 Henry Hannam Drive
Walkamin, QLD 4872
Mail: PO Box 225, Walkamin QLD 4872
Home Phone: +61 (07) 4086 8019
Mobile: +61 (0)407 243 298 or +61 (0)437 267 323
Alternatively call Kym on + 61(0) 407 243 298 or Georgie on +61 (0) 437 267 323.
December 21st, 2009 nola
TOURISM FUNDING BOOST FOR CAIRNS
9 December 2009
The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today announced a consortium of North Queensland tourism stakeholders have received a TQUAL Grant of $446,010 for an innovative project to develop the region’s tropical food attractions.
The project – led by Advance Cairns – will help diversify the region’s economy and deliver a regional food brand and a food consumer show, as well as extra marketing and promotion.
Minister Ferguson said: “Two million visitors arrive at Cairns airport every year, so developing North Queensland’s food tourism experience presents great opportunities to disperse visitors across Tropical North Queensland.
“It is expected that around 20 new food tourism operators will emerge as a result of this funding, which will drive economic growth and will be a catalyst for regional development.
“This funding will help the Cairns tourism industry be better positioned in a highly competitive market and give domestic and international travellers more reasons to travel in North Queensland.
“The Government is pleased to be investing in a more professional, innovative and competitive tourism industry.”
Tourism in Australia is a $40 billion industry which directly employs 497,000 people and generates almost 9% of Australia’s exports.
The other recipients of the Government’s $8.3 million TQUAL Grants program will be released in the near future.
Media contact: Michael Bradley – 0420 371 744
December 7th, 2009 nola
Local Chefs Discover the Regions Produce
On Thursday 3rd December 25 chefs from Tropical North Queensland’s best restaurants embarked on a tour of the tablelands. Visiting 13 sites and 5 producers that included fruit, vegetable and herb growers, meat producers, native food producers, cheese maker, nuts, coffee, a distillery and an ice-creamery, they were astounded at the quality of products available regionally.
The tour was organised by Australian Tropical Foods as part of a Food Industry project, initiated by Advance Cairns and funded through Queensland Government Department of Education, Economic Development and Innovation. It bought together chefs and farmers face-to-face in an effort to source local food for the regions restaurant menus.
Just-picked ultra fresh zucchini’s with beautiful flowers were like a magnet for chefs who would prefer their produce comes directly to them from the Tablelands instead of the road trip to Brisbane and back.
The meat producers who care with a passion about their animals and the quality of the meat will surely receive some orders, and for many chefs, they were unaware of the beautiful local cheese on offer.
The day was long and action packed and dropping into Mt Uncle Distillery in the late afternoon for a Mojito (or two) made of their new Platinum Rum just hit the right spot. That was followed by the final visit of the day at Emerald Creek Ice-Creamery where a feeding frenzy of around 15 great tropical flavours was eagerly consumed.
The day was a great success and set the plans for another tour in the early part of 2010 to include the Cassowary Coast .
For more images go to Chefs Tour of the Tablelands