More than 40 people gathered in Molong last week for the Exploring Exports Forum, organised by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West and Cabonne Council as part of NSW Small Business Month.

The forum provided the opportunity for local growers, producers and leading representatives from the export sector to discuss the opportunities and support that is available.

Speakers on the day included Michael Thomson, Head of Aviation at Canberra Airport; Brent Bannister, Senior Export Adviser/Tradestart Adviser at the NSW Department of Treasury; Dianne Tipping, Chair of the Export Council of Australia and Brendan Smyth, Commissioner for International Engagement, ACT Government.

RDA Central West CEO, Sam Harma said the forum was a great success and feedback has been positive.

“Some of the best produce in New South Wales is grown right here in the Central West so it was wonderful to hear that some of our local farmers are now considering expanding their operations and seeking other avenues for their produce,” said Mr Harma.

“There is a wealth of information when it comes to exports and so it was incredibly valuable to have the key industry experts in Molong for the forum to discuss not only the main points, but highlight the different pathways to export and the support available to growers.”

The Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and the Hon. Andrew Gee MP, Federal Member for Calare and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment also attended the forum.

“It was great to welcome Minister Littleproud and Minister Gee to the forum as they provided a valuable insight into the export sector and the contribution it makes to the national economy.”

“The Ministers also provided an update on the recent budget, measures handed down and what this means for local growers and producers in the Central West.

“Overall, the day was a cracker and it was fantastic to work with Cabonne Council to organise this event for NSW Small Business Month.”