Lockyer bids for national food and training info centre

Lockyer Valley is already known for its produce and is now looking to set up a national food and training information centre
Lockyer Valley is already known for its produce and is now looking to set up a national food and training information centre

LOCKYER Valley Regional Council has unveiled an ambitious new plan to build a world class national food and training information centre.

Yesterday's council meeting heard LVRC was seeking federal funding for almost half of the projected $6.4m cost of the facility.

If it goes ahead, the facility would be an innovative research, education and training hub for the tourism, agricultural and food industries, and would incorporate a regional interpretive centre providing new opportunities in food and training.

Council's Planning and Development manager Mark Piorkowski told the meeting the facility would showcase food, innovation and training from across Australia.

"This will be an iconic centre and the first of its kind in Australia," Mr Piorkowski said.

"It will be a state of the art centre of excellence promoting the region, particularly its products and the companies that work here."

Mr Piorkowski told councillors the centre would become a destination in its own right.

"It's an opportunity for the Valley to showcase what we done and how well we do it," he said.

"This would be the story of our food products from paddock to plate."

He said the centre would provide an opportunity for local businesses to promote their products as being safe and of high quality.

Councillors were shown a five minute presentation of similar interactive projects across the world which involved "immersive visitor experiences" such as holograms and exhibits with motion platforms.

Mr Piorkowski said the timing was critical with council applying for dollar-for-dollar funding through the federal National Stronger Regions Fund for construction of new infrastructure before the November 28 deadline.

Council is also looking at Private-Public Partnerships with commercial enterprises to raise funds for the centre.

The meeting did not discuss exactly where it might be located however Mr Piorkowski said there could be an opportunity to deliver an 80-seat movie theatre in Plainland in conjunction with the development.

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