The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce launched of a new industry led initiative, the Food & Agri Network (FAN) in 2018. FAN aims to provide a local platform designed to facilitate the development of stronger linkages and engagement across the Toowoomba food and agri space – encouraging networking, food and farm experiences, education and the promotion of local supply chain opportunities.
Cafes, restaurants, food outlets, retailers, local farmers and food producers form an integral part of the developing food culture here in Toowoomba and the FAN will support further strengthening of this valuable sector. Chamber’s FAN initiative will support those local businesses who are seeking to grow supply chain opportunities here in Toowoomba and assist these businesses strengthen their long term profitability and sustainability.
FAN will provide a local platform designed to facilitate the development of stronger linkages and engagement across the Toowoomba ‘foodie and agri’ space – encouraging networking, connections, education and the promotion of local supply chain opportunities.
Chamber has formed a FAN Advisory Group to provide strategic advice on FAN's program of initiatives. The 2019 representatives of the FAN Advisory Group draw from extensive experience and expertise across the food and agri sector and are:
- Dan Farquhar, The Finch
- Andrew Hely, East Street Kitchen
- Kristen O’Brien, Dine Darling Downs
- Brendan Ryan, Biocentric Partners
- Bradley Siddans, Oakey Beef Exporters