Murwillumbah's Council new food for thought program;  Liz Collyer, Des Cecil and Sue Beckinsale  at the Murwillumbah Farmers Market.
Murwillumbah's Council new food for thought program; Liz Collyer, Des Cecil and Sue Beckinsale at the Murwillumbah Farmers Market. Scott Powick

How to get a $100 subsidy to Food for Thought

GOOD news: registrations for the inaugural Food for Thought Forum have been extended until Monday.

The exciting foodie event celebrating plate-to-paddock ventures and sustainable farming is on at Kingscliff, August 11-12.

Northern NSW Local Health District has added a sweetener to motivate sign ups to the event, offering to subsidise five places by $100 each, which would reduce the cost to $150 for the two days.

Health promotion manager Jillian Adams said NNSW LHD hoped to enable people from all areas of the community to attend the forum, particularly community groups and unpaid volunteers.

"This may include young farmers or volunteers working in community gardens,” she said.

NNSW LHD health promotion officer Adam Guise will be presenting at the forum on how to plan healthy and active communities in order to prevent chronic health problems in the future.

The forum also focuses on ecological and sustainable farming methods, which benefits the community by avoiding harmful chemicals and pollution of water resources.

Tweed Shire Council director of corporate services Liz Collyer developed the forum with sustainable agriculture officer Eli Szandala.

"We want to start a conversation about food here in the Tweed and recognise and celebrate the wonderful opportunity we have to boost our economy through food tourism,” Ms Collyer said.

"We have productive and innovative farmers and producers across the Tweed, a thriving farmer's market scene, a range of food-oriented events and some wonderful cafes and restaurant showcasing local produce.

"This forum presents an opportunity to bring all those sectors together so we can work more collaboratively to make the Tweed known as the place to go to experience fresh local food.

"There's so much opportunity here in the Tweed and we've seen so any other regions do it very well.

"Our neighbours to the north-west, Scenic Rim Regional Council, provide a wonderful example of how food tourism can bolster a local economy and bring thousands of tourists to a region.”

WHAT: Food for Thought Forum

APPLY FOR A VOUCHER:

Respond to the following, in 500 words or less:

- What role you play in promoting access to healthy food?

- Identify strategies or potential partners to improve accessibility to health local food

- What do you hope to learn from the forum?

- Why you need financial assistance to attend.

Send to adam.guise@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au by Monday, August 8.

WHERE: Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff

WHEN: August 11-12.

INFO: www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/foodforthought

VIDEO: Liz Collyer talking to Sue Beckinsale from the Murwillumbah Farmers' Market: www.youtube.com/tweedshirecouncil



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