Goondi's 'Festival of Economic Growth'
Goondiwindi is a country town situated on the Macintyre River on the Queensland- New South Wales border. It is the commercial centre of a vast agricultural and pastoral region producing cotton, grain, wool, beef, dairy, chicken, lamb, olives, lavender and pork.
After the many years of enduring drought the agriculture and pastoral industry had been greatly affected. The Goondiwindi Regional Council realised that an agri-tourism promotion in the regional would provide a potential alternate or supplement income stream to local producers, building their capacity to cope now and in future droughts.
Using a Tackling Tough Times Together grant, the Goondiwindi Regional Council we cable to gather the community together to get excited about local agri-tourism opportunities. With an enduring drought ever present, the $10,000 grant funded what became the Festival of Economic Growth and provided a much needed distraction and occasion for farmers and the broader community to come together to support one another and showcase local produce to tourists.
The event was a huge success with 100% of survey respondents agreeing that the Festival of Economic Growth showcased quality local produce and authentic country experiences, and that it provided a strong, positive voice the agriculture industry in the region.